Slow Motion and Moving Portraits

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again, video is one of the most powerful tools you can use in your business – both in marketing AND as a product for your clients. When I had Pia in the studio, I wanted to make sure I got a beautiful, hair-blowing moving portrait of her (Hero Shot) as part of her session. The best part about taking moving portraits is that you can play them back for your clients right off the back of your camera in slow motion, and the reaction is always the same – “Is that me!?” You can’t retouch video, and when your client sees themselves in a gorgeous slow-motion video clip with their hair blowing in an incredible pose and giving a beautiful expression, they will be OVER THE MOON. Their excitement and confidence instantly goes up, and it changes everything.

A few tips:

  • For smoother slow motion make sure your DSLR video settings are set to 59 frames per second. This allows for the video to be put into a slow-motion smoothly later. You CAN slow down 24 frames per second but it can look a little jerky
  • All your other settings should be the same as if you’re taking a portrait: My favorites are aperture 2.8 and ISO 640 (of course).

To watch and learn more about shooting fabulous video, check out these courses in Sue Bryce Education:

Marketing Videos with Animoto

Instagram Videos with Animoto

Video Marketing

Testimonial Videos

Video Critiques

Pia’s Slow Motion Moving Portrait:

How I converted Pia’s moving portrait to slow motion in Photoshop:

Pia’s Photoshoot – Behind-The-Scenes Animoto Video:

My Facebook LIVE on shooting video for moving portraits:

(WATCH and listen to how I direct Pia into her pose and expression to get that stunning moving portrait shot)

SloMo Video & a winner

Posted by Sue Bryce Photographer on Wednesday, June 8, 2016