Here’s a Sony video hack no one told you about

Jun 7, 2019

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Here’s a Sony video hack no one told you about

Jun 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.

[The SONY Camera Hack Nobody Told You About | Advancing Your Photography, Silber Studios]

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3 responses to “Here’s a Sony video hack no one told you about”

  1. José Lemos Avatar
    José Lemos

    Hack? Nobody told you about?

  2. Mou Sa Kas Avatar
    Mou Sa Kas

    1. It’s not a hack
    2. It’s a Sony ad.

  3. Danni Efraim Avatar
    Danni Efraim

    Seriously? This is such rubbish. First of all, the “one divided by double framerate” shutter speed is just a legacy from old film cameras with rotary disc shutters and it’s a completely false rule in digital videography. Second of all, this has nothing to do with Sony – you can select the shutter speed freely when filming with any digital camera. The shutter speed determines the amount of motion blur in the result, it’s as simple as that. Third of all, it looks like crap. Maybe some will be taken in by the novelty of the idea and the fact that it’s not done often, but it’s not done often for a good reason. Because it looks like crap.