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5 Shutterspeed Tips for Video

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Cinematography & Filmmaking

5 Tips and tricks, camera basics, In-camera effects, Shutter speed, Slomo, Timelapse

Create in-camera motion blur effects with different Shutter-speeds. Simply recreate effects from famous Hollywood movies with only your camera.

Guess what you guys, it’s that time again! Time to be creative and use your camera to create amazing effects and shots. This time we are going to use different shutter-speeds to create in-camera effects that they even used in famous Hollywood movies. But that’s for later, let me first explain you how the shutter-speed exactly works.

 The shutter-speed is one of the three aspects of filmmaking, with ISO and Aperture being the other two. We all know that the ISO digitally brightens the image. While the aperture can control how much light enters and how big your the depth of field is. But what does the shutter speed do? Well let me first tell you what it physically does. In the Photography your shutter will open and close to let in the right amount of light. It can also be that your camera works with a mirror and here the principal will be the same. Your mirror will flip up or down to reflect the light inside the sensor. But when taking a photo your shutter only has to do it once, so what does it do when filming? Because it can open and close 50 times per second during you shots, I think you shutter won’t survive that. So when you film, the shutter goes open and closes electronically for the amount of times you set it to. So now you know what it does you probably can guess what effect it will give. First of all, it will again control you light. But I think the most important function is the motion blur. With a low Shutter-speed you will have more motion blur and with a high one, you’ll have hard movements and almost no motion blur. So what is the right Shutter-speed? Well the double of your frame rate is universally excepted.

So now that we know how it all works, I can come back on those Hollywood movies. In our video we explain a few effects that you can also find in movies such as trainspotting and Saving private Ryan. Both great movies, but we discovered something very worrying today about these movies! Our intern Lorenzo never saw them and much more others classics! So that’s why we decided to give Lorenzo homework with a Must See movie list.


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3 thoughts on “5 Shutterspeed Tips for Video”

  1. I’ll be checking out your courses. These tips are super helpful – will keep them in my mind as I create new videos. Doing stuff in camera looks so much better – especially fast/slow motion.

  2. Cinecom!

    Loved this video. Super helpful & I especially like how it talks about how to manipulate shutter speed for creative purposes. Quick question: if you know that you’re going to speed up footage later, let’s say by 500% and you’re shooting at 24fps. What should you set your shutter speed to? Is there an easy mathematical way to calculate it? Since it’ll be 5x as fast, would you multiply 1/50fps by 5 to get 1/10 fps?

    I really would like to take your full course for DSLR Filmmaking. Cheers!


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