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Old October 14th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

We all know how aperature & Shutter Speed interact, and recently I've kinda been talking with and listening to photographers a bit more. Obviously, due to their lenses and craft, playing with speeds and f stops greatly varies the look of the photo. However, those of us doing long form & shooting with pure video cameras have a slightly different task at hand imho.

So I was wondering how much other videographers make shutter adjustments for DoF & other reasons. I shoot using a Sony Z5U so DoF isn't that much of a feature, and typically when outside I adjust the camera ND filters.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone really tweaks it throughout the night. I'd imagine DSLR shooting do but wondering more about those with standard video cameras?
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Old October 14th, 2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

Using traditional camera (Sony Z7 in PAL land) shutter speed is always fixed at 50. If it's a dimly lit reception and I'm filming speeches (no movement) I dial it back to 25 for extra boost in light.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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Canon 60d I leave it at f2.8 and adjust shutter speed rather than my nd variable filter. Got sick of using it and I love the look a faster shutter speed gives especially confetti throw... If it is very very sunny and out all day in the sun then that would be different.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

Whether I was using my Sony's or now JVC's my shutter speed is "locked" at 1/60th UNLESS I'm doing a special sequence like a particular dance and I slow it WAAAAAY down to 1/15th or even 1/8th for a really stuttering, strobe effect but 99.9999999% of the time, I'm at 1/60th.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

DSLR shooter here, and, yep, it's up and down all day for me.

Shallow depth of field outside -- I used to mess around with a Heliopan variable ND and regard the "x2 frame rate makes it look filmic" rule as immovable, but no longer. If I want shallow depth outside, it's crank the shutter up to 200 or even 400 if need be.

Silhouette -- often have to close aperture down as far as possible, as well as ISO, as well as pump up the shutter.

Dark churches and receptions -- will often decrease shutter speed to 30 rather than crank ISO higher than 1250, because I do no noise reduction in post unless I'm desperate. But I'm wary of filming dancing at 30 -- the motion blur makes my eyes hurt.

Slow motion -- will increase ISO to the maximum I can live with, which is 6400 on a 5D3, and crank shutter speed up to 4000 if I can. I reason: the sharper each frame, the easier it is to interpolate frames if I want to slow it down even more in post. Since it's usually daytime when I'm doing slow motion, I find I can live with the noise (it's the darker areas of the image where the noise is more obvious). Don't know if this is a dumb idea, but anyway...
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Old October 14th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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C100 - I Always leave it at 1/60th and 30p.

I use ND filters for DOF outside.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #7
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

FS100 shooting 30P, I use 1/30 quite often for pre shots and other various times throughout the day when I know I will only be using a few seconds of the shot. I love the look it adds with the camera/lens combo. Speeches when extra light is needed are also okay at 1/30 to me since not a lot of movement. An entire 1st dance or lots of motion then back to 1/60. I use a variable ND for outside and DOF.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 02:34 AM   #8
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Up and down like a tarts knickers!
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Old October 15th, 2013, 09:22 AM   #9
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Hahaha nice one Danny same here...
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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #10
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

I too am a dslr shooter. I use the Canon 60d and when I am in low lit areas, I bring the shutter down to 30. I am also playing around with high shutter speeds outdoors along with a nd filter. The filter I have is not too dark, so I do a combo of high shutter and nd for shallow depth.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:12 AM   #11
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Seems pretty inline with myself, mostly not at all unless some outdoorr adjusting. As a videocamera owner, I wasn't really looking for it for DoF purproses, I just had a bit of a Eureka! moment where I thought, 'Hmmm, I wonder if others are adjusting their shutters alot throughout the day like photographers do".
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Old October 30th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #12
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Re: How much do you adjust Shutter Speed?

Just this past weekend, I was shooting a wedding and all they had for light were small lights strung across the dance floor. I was shooting with Canon 60d and 2.8 Sigma. I was able to get some good footage using 1/30 shutter speed. No one was dancing, or moving alot, but it sure did open up more light for me. I really do not like using higher than 1600 ISO.
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