Sucker for Slow Motion

Published on June 3, 2011

Here’s a question for you…

When was the last time you used slow motion in a video?

Why did you use it?

Maybe it was because you wanted to add significance to the shot. Or maybe you wanted more drama.

Maybe it was simply for the visual impact or to help control the pace of your video. Or maybe you’ve never tried it. (Ooh, you’re missing out!)

It’s magical. It’s as if you’re slowing down time, so naturally it’s crazy powerful stuff.

In fact, it’s so powerful that video shooters are using it a lot.

Maybe too much.

I’m probably guilty of that myself. But let’s face it, slow motion video is addicting. I’m always blown away by how awesome things look in slow motion. (I’m a sucker for it.)

It comes down to taste, but just like anything, there’s good slow motion, and there’s bad slow motion.

I think we all know the good stuff when we see it. But do you know what makes up bad slow motion? (Yes, it’s possible.)

Here are some of the things that bug me:

  • If the slomo shot is too long.
  • If the video was shot badly so the slomo doesn’t quite look right (Frequently from too much motion blur).
  • If it isn’t motivated.

Good slow motion is much better than bad slow motion. And lucky for us, there are specific things we can do when we’re shooting - and especially when we’re editing - that will have a big impact on the final result.

Did you know I’ve created several video tutorials on using slow motion? They’re all in the membership area.

All the best, Izzy

This article was last updated on November 22, 2013


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