How to Convert Shutter Speed to FPS

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Converting shutter speed to FPS is something you will eventually be able to do like its second nature. Convert shutter speed to FPS with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media, and today I'm going to shed some light on converting shutter speed to frames per second. Now this is a very common misconception and people tend to ask this question quite a bit and basically what it comes down to is people think let's take an extreme for an example, say your shutter speed is 500. Now basically what this means is your shutter is snapping at 1/500th of a second. Now with that, people will say well if I can do that with 1/500th of a second why can't I take 500 pictures in one second but it just doesn't coincide with itself because on something like an SLR when you take a picture, it's actually a manual function. So it will take the picture and I'll snap it at 1/500th of a second but it has to have time to reset and not only that but it's only what a processor can keep up with. You have processors in your cameras and with that it actually takes a lot of time to be able to process all that information that's coming in with the camera. So if you're taking, trying to take 500 pictures in one second it's just not going to happen with the cameras that you have. So I'm sorry to say but frames per second and shutter speed don't actually coincide with each other. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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