The rule of thumb when shooting video is to use a shutter speed that’s double your frame rate. But there’s a simple “hack” that opens up so many creative possibilities. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, filmmaker Fletcher Murray shares a shutter speed trick you can pull off with Sony mirrorless cameras. It will let you get creative and add a new dimension to your videos.
When shooting at the standard frame rate of 24fps, the general rule is to use the shutter speed of 1/50s. But with his Sony camera, Fletcher goes way below that. In the video, he shows you what it’s like to shoot at 24fps with the shutter speed of 1/10. Filming with a slower shutter speed gives you an illusion of speed, it creates excitement, and adds “creaminess” to your shots. As Fletcher describes it, “it’s like painting with your sensor.”
I’m pretty sure filmmakers know about this little trick. But it can come in handy for photographers who are just getting into video. If you own a Sony mirrorless camera, Fletcher notes that it lets you shoot at a slow shutter speed with more accuracy. Sony’s IBIS and fast and accurate AF allow you to pull it off while shooting handheld. You’ll get creative effects, yet the camera will nail focus every time. So, try it out and let us know if you like the result.