Properly Exposed: Using Your Camera Meters (Camera Lesson 28)

Summary: Ryan shows you how to use your exposure tools and covers two tough exposure situations.

Length: 9:29 minutes

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  1. price76
    price76 says:

    Hi Ryan

    I understand the importance of shooting majority of the time on a 180 degree shutter 24fps for a cinema look and obtaining ‘normal pleasing motion blur’ (setting wise on the camera anyhow). In the example of the man in the cinema, 1) assuming there was very little movement (which there seemed to be) and hypothetically speaking you had to grab the shot there and then without a lighting kit available, the shutter angle adjustment to 360 degrees for a stop of light would work yes? (though obviously not something you want to do and adequate preproduction/lighting kit would prevent this scenario). In a narrow dof shot (eg the shot in the cinema where the man is out of focus nearest the camera with furthest man in focus) will a shutter angle such as 360 degrees have an effect on the out of focus (bokeh) man assuming very little movement? Is the bokeh made to look even softer than if it were at 180 degrees?


    • Ryan E. Walters
      Ryan E. Walters says:


      Yes, you’re correct- if there is little movement, then setting the shutter at 360 would be a good way to get that extra stop of light if you couldn’t get there with a lighting kit. (I’ve done that from time to time over the years. If the choice is getting the shot, or loosing the shot, it’s better to get it in my opinion. It can always be thrown out later.)

      As for the bokeh- the shutter doesn’t affect it at all. If the out of focus man moves, what you will notice is a blurriness to the motion. So it wouldn’t be softer, as in look more out of focus, it would just look more blurry if he moved. It would have a more “dreamy” and “smeary” quality to it, if that makes sense.

      If the bokeh were affected, then the man would be “bloom” more and feel a bit “bigger” since he is softer, or more out of focus. But with the shutter increased, the depth of field and the bokeh remain the same, it would only be when he moved that you’d see a difference.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

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