As we explained in Chapter 6, the f-stop and shutter speed combination you choose will define how much of your photo is in sharp focus and whether or not the picture stops or blurs action. Play with the camera's controls, taking the same portrait or scene using different settings. Then, once you have the photos in your computer, study both the ones that you love and those that failed, checking their metadata (see Chapter 5) to see what shutter speed and f-stop were used for the capture. By experimenting like this, you'll learn a lot about photography, as well as increase your chances of getting one great photo out of the entire series. Professionals call this bracketing and use it as an insurance policy on important shoots. Some digital cameras have auto-bracketing capability.
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