If you're a full-time videographer or even a photographer shooting video on the side, you're aware of the many creative uses for shutter speed. But if you're also a Sony user, you might not be aware of a lesser-utilized creative "hack" your camera offers.
Depending on how many frames per second the camera is set to, videographers typically stay at an either 1/50 or faster shutter speed. In a new video from Advancing Your Photography, our friend, Fletcher Murray, reminds us that Sony video shooters can get creative at a 1/10th shutter speed for video shooting.
Slowing your shutter speed down to 1/10th second can produce a variety of effects, depending on subject matter and movement. In the video above, Murray notes that a slower shutter can produce an "illusion of speed," not dissimilar to the blur effect achieved when the same shutter speed is applied to action/movement in photography. Murray then proceeds to show how the movement of water is smoothed out at slower shutter speeds, another analogous effect seen in slow shutter speeds with still photography.
Just last month, I was playing around with exposure while capturing b-roll at a local racetrack. I decided to see what the approaching cars would look like at 1/10th of a second. By panning along with the subject (car), I was able to use the slow shutter to create motion blur in the background without the subject even traveling very fast.
Next time you find yourself on a video shoot, get creative with the motion and try a slow shutter if it feels appropriate. What's your favorite subject to experiment with shutter speeds on? Your own video examples and ideas are welcome in the comments section.