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Old January 30th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #1
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Shutter speed question

I didnt want to threadjack one of Michele's recent posts ("Shooting a metal band concert") but something in the post confused me. Michele says at the end that 50i will be the preferred mode and the shutter speed between 1/50-1/25. My question is, in what instances would you want a shutter speed that is below your shooting mode? I usually shoot 60i, and when I go to, let's say, 1/30 it becomes poor quality, has a "strobe" effect, and is blurry. Is it a creative choice? Which is fine...I'm just trying to understand. And this is in no way anything against Michele.

Just wondering.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hi Jonathon. I have used 1/25s for 2 different reasons. One is to get the motion blur effect deliberately (but I wouldn't describe it as stroby), the other is when there is just not enough light to get good exposure otherwise, even with gain cranked up.

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Old January 31st, 2007, 02:59 AM   #3
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Low shutter speed

Hi Jonathan,

Wedding videographers do this to either add action/excitment to the wedding dance, or help provide sufficient lighting to avoid the grainy problem, or both.

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Old January 31st, 2007, 01:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, guys...and, yes, Richard, I meant motion blur.

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