By June 14, 2013 1 Comments

Frame Rate and Shutter Speed for Action Photographers

While there is no “must” setting for shutter speed when shooting video, there are practical limits. Action shooters are typically shooting shutter speeds for stills that are too fast for making good video. So with sincere thanks to Coach Crockett for helping us understand that a range of shutter speeds work and provide quality, interesting results, I am adding my voice to say that we action shooters need to be careful because we shoot our stills outside of the shutter speed range that makes good video.

So unless you’re making a sci-fi or mystery thriller, leave the ghosts and doubles behind by bringing your typical (1/1000th to 1/2000th) shutter speed down to closer to the 2 times frame rate.

About the Author:

After 20+ years in a computer tech job, Carol Schlintz is enjoying a second and more fulfilling career as a portrait and sports photographer in suburban Milwaukee. Like many of us, she has met with some personal challenges and is in need of reducing the physical strain from carrying heavy pro cameras and lenses around. Not one to take "no" for an answer, she jumped in with both feet and no safety net. As of April 2012 Carol has retired her big DSLR's and picked up a couple of small, light mirrorless cameras and is now using them on every shoot. Vlogging here on discovermirrorless, as well as sharing and swapping ideas with the other Hybrid Heroes (and the viewers!) is part of her process of evolving from a still photo only photographer into a photo+video+audio hybrid image maker. Count on Carol to share what works, what doesn't, and all the steps in becoming Milwaukees first hybrid photography studio that specializes in making and selling eProducts.

1 Comment on "Frame Rate and Shutter Speed for Action Photographers"

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  1. Hey Carol I think you did an excellent job in sharing your expertise with shutter speeds for shooting video. Thanks for bringing in the Flickr decrease function of your camera because it’s on a bunch of Mirrorless cameras and many people don’t know what it does. Thank U for the kind words in your post I am honored to be the coach of the hybrid heroes!!!

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