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Shutter Speed vs Shutter Angle ► Thoroughly Explained and Demonstrated

Photo Moment - May 25, 2018

Ever wondered what the heck shutter angle is, how it compares to shutter speed, and if you should really care or not? 

5:09 Understanding, and optimal, shutter speed
10:38 Come to India!
12:02 Shutter Angle
17:43 Setting up your LUMIX camera for shutter angle
20:52 Synchro scan; setup and usage

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That should be everything? Was there something I missed? Or maybe something you want clarification on?

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go it , I was in synchro scan , switched it off and now its working.
Thank you, very valuable information for me. My question is - how to find the closest to 180 degree shutter angle value, if my camera allows me to control only EV and ISO?? There is got to be a way to estimate these values for 30fps and 60fps. Thanks
double your frame rate. At 30fps, 180d shutter is 1/60s
@PhotoJoseph Thank you! Tried to do so, there is no option to switch shutter speed... only EV compensation and ISO
you have to be in manual exposure mode
Thanks for a really good explain for this. The benefit with the YouTube and guys like you. If you wonder how thinks works out just search and find the answer. You are a really “to go” at the subscribe button :) again thanks for good and exactly explanation.
glad it was helpful!
Hello! I can set my G9 to shutter angle...
I assume that was a question not a statement… and no, the G9 does not have shutter angle, sorry
really cool! Thanks a lot - super helpful ;) AND subscribed :)
Awesome thanks!
Thanks. If you want to do slow mo, do you leave the setting at 180?
that's an excellent question. I will often to go 360d when shooting slowmo. Say you're shooting at 120fps; at a 180d shutter that's a 1/240s shutter speed. That's fast. Even at a 360d shutter it's still 1/120th. Either way your frames are going to be pretty motion-blur-less, so the answer is more about how much light you have than the look. Unless your subject is really fast, it'll be hard to tell the difference.
OMG this would be very informative but I can't get over how fast your speak. It's very distracting. Sorry don't mean to be negative. Good video but hard to follow because of this.
You can slow down the youtube video to 0.75 speed
wow so i've just watched a thousand other videos with wrong informations only to see finally the right one here.. subbed
Awesome thank you! Wrong information? That’s unfortunate!
I subscribed your chanel for this video, first time learn about that. Hope this helps for my Gh5 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Awesome! Also watch this one:
This doesnt make a lot of sense to me when it comes to higher frame rates. If 24p 48th gives the right blur to match the eye and 24 120th looks bad how is adding frames to get 60p 120th going to change the blur from the bad look of 24/120th to a good look at 60/120th? Am I crazy or isn't the blur you get at 120th going to be the same for any FR from 1-120p? Logic seems to say that above 48FPS you would want the FR and shutter to be the same to stay as close to the 48th that looks realistic? Unless you want crazy detailed slow motion I dont see the point?
Right, I understand the confusion. If 1/48th blur looks right, how does a different shutter speed blur look “right” just because the frame rate changes? It’s not just about the amount of blur, but the amount of non-blur between frames. If you think about 180d being HALF of the time you see a scene being exposed, instead of thinking of it as a shutter speed, then it makes more sense. No matter what frame rate you’re shooting at, at 180d shutter, HALF of the time you see that scene you’ll see exposed frames, which will have some amount of motion blur, and HALF of the time you see that scene there will be no frames captured. Does that make more sense? It’s all subjective of course, This is the general rule of what is considered “normal”, but you can change it (as directors do) to suit the scene.
Let me tell you this video has been the most clarifying one I found about this topic. Thank you so much. You got a new sub.
Ah. 180 degree shutter automatically does the math for you.
Basically, yep.
Great explanation!
If you know the stuff and just want to know why it's called "angle" go to 14:00
Just Subscribed to your channel, very thorough explanation, thanks! You have converted me to degrees.
Great thank you
Very useful video thank you! I presume since the shutter angle is fixed at 180 degrees for video we can no longer rely on the shutter to correct exposure and have to adjust other settings to control the light?
That is correct. In a variable light situation, your best friend is the variable ND filter.

If ISO changes, then dynamic range and noise can change (this is, IMHO, the best component to have change automatically if you’re shooting semi-auto or using a camera setting to adjust exposure).

If shutter speed/angle changes, depending on the motion in the scene, that can change the look of the shot (smooth vs jittery movement).

If the aperture changes, then the depth of field changes. Plus unless you have a lens with stepless aperture, you’ll see the jumps from stop to stop.

So, best method is to lock all three settings and control the light reaching the sensor with a variable ND!
Excellent, thank you!
You’re welcome! If you liked that, here’s my SUPER geeky video on the topic…
Thanks for the vídeo
Explained in a clear and precise way, without any of the useless and wild cut scenes found in other peoples content. You've got a great way about you, and a new subscriber. Cheers!
Thank you I appreciate that!!
Hi Joseph, thanks for the video, very helpful! I have a different question though...Would you mind sharing your set-up for PIP and how you source all your different angles in this video?
I film a lot of depositions and Im trying to find a seamless way of filming the witness and at the same time bring up a separate image (exhibit) via an elmo. Thanks for your time.
I’ve actually done several videos on my live stream setup, and I’m sorry to say that it’s much more complex than it appears! Watch this video first and from there, here’s a three-part very detailed look at my setup (although it’s over a year old now and some details have changed).
You’re a genius, thanks for all your vids. Just finished your course and was sooo helpful!!! You da man 🧙‍♂️
Awesome, thank you!
Thanks so much
awesome explained!
Thanks for the video, I have changed to shutter angle but can not get back to SEC/ISO, I am in video mode, I can only change to either angle/ISO or SEC/db, if I change to SEC/ISO it will not do it, what I am doing wrong please?
Super informative, very 
well explained! Thanks.
Awesome, thanks! I like doing these harder topics… they don't get as many views, but they info is good to get out there.
Thank you so much 🙏
This is the best video I’ve watched on Shutter Angle on YouTube.
Thanks! Next, watch this one:
Great video, thank you!
Slow down !! Less coffe perhaps ! ;-)
perfect explanation! thank you!
Thank you, and you’re welcome!
When you finally arrive at the right place, thank you so much.
grande! love people knowing what they talk about!
Best complement ever 😊
Great teacher :) ! thank you!
Thank you I appreciate that
A clear an concise explanation to a difficult to grasp topic. Thanks you!
My pleasure
Nicely explained
IF I have another question on my GH5, I will be back to your channel. Good delivery, respectful and well informed. Thank you
Thank you!
Every time I think I’ve settled on the G9 I learn something about the GH5 that makes me reconsider which is right for me. Very well presented, by the way.
Thanks! And yeah, it’s a hard choice. Have you seen my GH5 vs G9 comparison?
Good Job, i just sub your Channel.
Anyway, most importat thing about angle is: motion perception and motion blur. At 90° you'll have a very quick image perception, but in 180° we can see a natural motion.
Human kind is a complex machine.
Cheers from Italy.
Can I use 180 anlgle for all the frame rate I mean if I'm shooting 24p my angle will be 180 and if I'm shooting 60 it will be 180 also? Thank you
Yes, ideally 180 degree angle all the time even at whatever frame rate you are shooting at. Unless you encounter flickering from lcd/tv/fluorescent etc, then use synchro scan to micro-adjust the degree accordingly.
Waaaooo thanks brother am not the same now
now.... this is awesome... super informative, super detailed, very well done. big big thumb up!
So well explained! I'm starting to be a fan of this channel and I've just watched 2 videos.
Best comment of the day! ;-) Thanks!
Thank you for the video!
Great information, thank you!!
This is EXTREMELY helpful.
I liked that timeline on the left that showed what was coming up. First time I have seen that.
I started doing that on the edited version of my longer shows where it makes sense
So well explained!!
Great explanations ! Thank's for sharing all this info with us ! Keep on going !
Absolutely best video on the subject. Too many other youtubers think they know it all with their instructional vids. Your presentations are well made and very informative. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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