How To Change Shutter Speed On Sony A7III

So, it’s your first time using a Sony A7iii! You are so excited to start your photography career.

Congratulations! But, that’s the easy part.

You now need to configure it so that you can take the best shots. And one of the first things to know is how to change the Shutter speed on the Sony A7iii.

The dials on Sony 7iii help to change the shutter speed.

Move them to the right or left. Else, move them downwards or upwards based on the shutter speed you need.

When the bottom number is high, the shutter speed should be low. The speed is given in 1⁄2, 1/, 1/250 among others.

To know how to change the shutter speed and when you need to change it, and more tips, keep reading. 

How To Change Shutter Speed On Sony A7iii

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To change the shutter speed on Sony A7iii use the F-stop (aperture). By turning it to the right or left, the shutter speed increases or decreases.  

Increase the speed of your shutter speed by choosing an aperture setting that enlarges the aperture diaphragm eye so that there is more light coming into the sensor.

Decreasing the light going through the camera sensor will automatically lower the shutter speed. 

So, where do you start?

There are three modes to pick from:

  • A-mode (Aperture priority mode)
  • S-mode Shutter priority mode)
  • Manual mode

So, to start with, you need to take your Sony A7iii off auto mode and have, for example, the aperture priority mode.

When you choose this mode, you will see an A at the topmost left-hand side of your sony camera screen.

Also, at the bottom of your Sony camera, there are several values.

The initial one is the shutter speed, for example, 1/30, and the second is the aperture, for example, F/5.6.

Next is the exposure value, for example, plus or negative 0.0. Finally, you have the ISO number, for example, 100.

You can change the aperture’s settings by turning the dial at the top of your sony camera to the right to increase the aperture to, for example, F/16.

This means there is minimal light getting into the camera sensor because the aperture diaphragm eye has become small.

On the other hand, F/1.4 allows more light into the Sony sensor since the aperture diaphragm eye has enlarged.

If for example, you turn the aperture to F/11, the shutter speed is going to decrease to 1⁄4, which is the amount of time it is going to take to get a correct exposure.

When Should You Adjust the Shutter Speed Of A Sony A7iii?

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You should change the shutter speed if there is a change in the lighting or when taking long-exposure shots.

When there’s minimal light going through your Sony A7iii sensor, the shutter speed slows down.

However, in the case of more light going through the Sony sensor, the shutter speed increases. 

So, if for example, you turn the aperture so as to decrease the aperture diaphragm eye, then the shutter speed lowers as well.

When would you use a lower shutter speed?

Use a lower shutter speed for nighttime photography. This gives you clear shots.

Daytime photo shooting needs a high shutter speed. Why? Enough light is going through the Sony speed. 

Also, if you are taking fast objects, for example racing cars or horses, a high shutter speed would be ideal.

If, however, you want to have still and moving objects in the same photo, a shutter speed of about 1/500 would be best.

Avoid a bad shutter speed. Its consequences are that your images will be blurred. 

What if you are looking for a bright photo, what is the best shutter speed to use?

Well, a longer shutter speed is ideal for such scenarios. A preferable speed is 1/25 or 1/100 second.

FAQs

How Many Shutter Counts Is Too Much Sony A7iii?

Preferably, go for fewer shutter actuations. It would be best to avoid shutter actuation above 50,000.

As a matter of fact, avoid going beyond 60,000. Even so, modern cameras may feature a shutter actuation life of approximately 200,000.

What Shutter Speed Is Too Fast?

A shutter that is at 1/125 or more is fast. It is even higher when it is at 1/1000.

Bearing in mind that a fast shutter speed allows little light into the sensor, your images will be darker.

And, the motion in your images is going to be affected hugely as they are going to be frozen.

It is, therefore, necessary to avoid a shutter speed that is too high.

What Shutter Speed Is Good For Portraits?

When taking portraits, a good shutter speed would be 1/200. This speed is ideal as it prevents the chances of having blurred images.

Simply put, a fast shutter speed is ideal for portraits.

If, for example, you need no flash as you are taking portraits in a well-lit room (daytime), a 1/200 shutter speed would be fine.

This is great for handheld shots.

For a tripod, though, use a 1/15 shutter speed.

Final Thoughts

It is paramount to know how to change shutter speed on Sony A7iii.

Why? Shutter speed can make or break your footage. Too fast and it will cause freeze motion, and too slow and the images will be blurry. 

Some of the factors to consider are the lighting of your room and the movement of your target objects.

Good lighting is essential. In this scenario, it’s vital to work with a higher shutter speed. Not so with a dark room. Such needs a low shutter speed. 

One more thing, when doing handheld photo shooting, use a high shutter speed to avoid chances of hand motion.

A good speed would be 1/160 or more.

Do not forget to consider if there are still or moving objects; use the correct shutter speed settings for that scenario as discussed above.