“Story” Exhibition Open Call

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The Glasgow Gallery of Photography is running a month long exhibition in May called Story. We know that a picture is worth a thousand words and that a lot of can be expressed with a single image, so we want to see your work that can tell us so much with just one image.  This is an exhibition that will showcase work that is able to tell a story in a single image, this could be through documentary photography, reportage or maybe even street photography.

Story is an open call for photographers to submit up to 8 images that tells a story within a single image.

Exhibition Date: 3rd May – 31st May 2023

Submit up to 8 images of any genre of photography, as long as it showcases the theme. Online submission of digital images via the website.

Image requirements: JPEG format; 300ppi and 3000 Pixels minimum on the shortest side.


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Shutter Speed is probably the easiest one to understand. As the name suggests shutter speed is a measurement of how long the camera’s shutter stays open for when you take a photo. A longer shutter speed lets more light in, a faster shutter speed lets in less. But, shutter speed also affects how much movement your camera captures. The longer the shutter is open the more movement it will capture. So, if you want to capture movement (which will appear as blur) use a longer shutter speed. If you want to freeze movement (for example if you’re capturing someone running and want a crisp image of them, with no blur), use a faster shutter speed. Shutter speed is measured in seconds and fractions of seconds. So a shutter speed of 1 second would be much slower than one of 1/500 of a second. Here are a couple of photos of my daughter on a slide that illustrate the difference shutter speed makes. The first photo was taken at a shutter speed of 1/100 – you can see that it’s blurry, as the shutter speed was too slow to ‘freeze’ her movement on the slide. The second photo was taken at 1/500 which is faster, and here you can see that the movement has been ‘frozen’ giving a crisp image.