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Your camera has a shutter in front of the digital sensor. When you take a picture this shutter opens briefly to allow the light to fall on the sensor. This can happen very quickly, within 1/400th of a second, or very slowly, whole seconds. When Louis Daguerre took his first picture his shutter speed was 8 hours!

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The assignment for this section is to photograph some moving objects.  The easiest thing to find will be moving cars.
Find somewhere where you can see a road, but do not get too close.  Make sure you are safe.
1) Take pictures with a fast shutter speed (1/500th of a second or faster) - look at how it freezes motion
2) Take pictures with a slow shutter speed (1/50th of a second or slower) - look at how it is blurred
3) Get closer to the cars and repeat - how does this change the amount of blur?
4) Practice your panning technique at 1/50th of a second to get a blurred background but sharp car.