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Vegas, Baby. Vegas

In my never-ending quest to develop some killer slow motion video skills, I brought my brand new Canon 60D with me to Vegas and shot a bunch of material at 60 FPS, which I then assembled into the above video. The effect was achieved by slowing the video down to 24 FPS, a 60% reduction in speed that resulted in some pretty dramatic effects.

My strategy was simply to work on composition first and foremost. Would the shot look good as a photograph? If so, there’s a significant likelihood it would look good as a brief video clip as well. And I also had to hope that there was some sort of interesting movement happening to justify the video component of it.

One regret is that I only brought two lenses: the 50 mm f/1.4 and the Rokinon fisheye lens – because I was traveling, I didn’t want to carry too much weight in lenses. But I had forgotten how much of a crop factor the APS-C sensor introduces, and I constantly felt like my shots were either way too tight or way too wide. Maybe the 40mm f/2.8 pancake is the way to go?

Thanks to Vegas Tripping for featuring this video on their website!

  • All of the water look amazing and the fire looks really great too. I also like the shots of people just walking around. Makes me wish we'd used more slow motion in the documentary I just wrapped. We did use it in a few key shots, but there were a lot more opportunities now that I think about it.

    Good stuff. I agree with your theory about a nice photo also making for nice video. You want to make sure you have some action in the frame, of course, but I've been telling aspiring filmmakers for a long time (and myself, each time I turn on my camera) that every shot in your movie can look as beautiful as a beautiful photograph. With all of the new photographic technology, it is so easy to just point the camera at the action and not give much thought to framing, lighting, or motion–because it still looks lightyears ahead of video just a decade ago! But, I think you have the right idea. It's something I'm constantly trying to remind myself when shooting documentary footage on the fly.