How To Film Slow Motion Boudoir Videos

How To Film Slow Motion Boudoir Videos

– Okay, what’s up everybody? Welcome back to the channel, I’m Mike Sasser, a boudoir photographer in Los Angeles, California, and I think it’s time
you and I had a talk. You’ve been following my
channel for a little bit, you’ve been taking your pictures, you’re getting more comfortable with it, you wanna try something new,
something more adventurous, so by the end of this video, I wanna make sure you have what it takes, that you have the know-how
to make a super cool, very beautiful, slow-motion
boudoir video like these. (slow rhythmic music) Now, one should be honest, does video sound scary to you? (screeching music) Look, I get it, it’s new, it’s
different from photography, but video has definitely been the thing that has set my photography business apart from all of the rest of the
photographers in my area. Not just with slow-motion
videos like you just saw, but client testimonials, but the other videos
that are on my website that show a little bit of the experience. And I wanna give you guys a little leg up so that you can start to separate yourself from all of the other
photographers in your area too. Now, I have a full two and
a half hour online course that talks only about how to shoot video. Now, I’ll link it in the description, but I’m gonna see if I can get through the majority of it in just 12 minutes. (deep breathing) Let’s go. All right, let’s do a
quick lesson on settings. Switch your camera into video mode. You got this part, guys. I know you do. Photography settings and video settings are more alike than you would think, especially for exposure. There’s only one rule that
we really have to abide by, and that is that the shutter speed is at least twice the
number of our frame rate. What does that mean? So this video right now, I’m shooting 24 frames a second, or 24p, which means that my shutter speed is one over a fiftieth of a second. It can go above that, but
don’t let it get below that. And if we’re shooting slow motion, which we’ll go over in just a minute, we’re shooting at 60 frames a second, which means that our shutter speed should not get below 1/125. The rest is pretty much
the same as photography, and I know videographers are gonna be yelling at me in the comments, but just ignore them. All right, now let’s talk about the most dreaded thing that I hear over and over and over again, which is shaky footage. Let me guess, you drink a lot of coffee, your hands shake, you’re about as stable as a three-wheeled wagon rolling down a street made of rocks. Well, join the club! I mean, not the coffee part, you know, I really only drink chocolate milk, but having stable footage will really improve the quality of your videos. Now, I personally hate using tripods and monopods and gimbles
for stuff like this, so here’s how you get stable
footage without those things. The very first thing you’re gonna wanna do is keep your arms tucked in. The more contact points you have, the more stable your footage will be. Now, if you want an
even more stable set-up, I recommend that you either sit down, use your knees on your elbows. You could lean up against a wall. Just basically, the more
contact points you have with not just yourself, but other things that are really stable, it’s going to help stabilize your footage. The next thing that’s actually gonna help is just shooting slow-motion. Because you’re seeing all of the movements played back more slowly, it’s going to appear more stable. The next thing is in-body
image stabilization. All the current Sony’s come with it, the new Nikon’s come with it, you’ve got the Panasonic GH5, and that series of cameras comes with it. If you’re really serious about
doing more hand-held video, I highly recommend that you
check out one of these cameras, and if not, they’ve got
image stabilized lenses that will help you out immensely. And tip number five is
just to add a little stabilization software. With Final Cut, it’s a button, with Premiere, you’ve got warp stabilizer. DaVinci’s got, you know,
whatever it is they have. Most software has image
stabilization built in. So we’ve got keep your arms tucked, brace yourself against
something, use slow-motion, get an image stabilized
camera, or sensor, or lens, and use software stabilization, and those five things should really really help you get much much
smoother and stable footage. All right, now let’s talk slow-motion, which is pretty much the basis for all of my boudoir videos. There’s a right way and a
wrong way to do slow-motion. When I was a kid, I used
to film snowboarding with my friends, and have them film me. Now, the cameras back
then didn’t really have the ability to shoot
these high frame rates, like 60 frames a second, so if you wanted it to be in slow-motion, it would look like this. (ding) Ah, I was cool. We’re used to seeing most movies and videos like this in 24p, which means the camera actually takes 24 photos in one second. And then the computer
plays back that video at 24 frames in one second, so everything looks really natural, everything looks really normal, the recording speed is the
same as the playback speed. That also means that if you want to slow that video down to 50%, that one second is going
to have to take place over two seconds, so it’s going to have to duplicate each frame and play them twice, resulting in that choppy,
old-timey, kid snowboarding kind of look. Now, most cameras now can shoot in 60p, which means 60 frames in one second. Now, most the time, the
camera will play back 60 pictures in one second, so it doesn’t actually
look that much different than something that was
shot regularly in 24 frames. The big difference is when
we wanna slow it down. When you stretch it out,
let’s do a little math here, 24 divided by 60 equals 0.4, which means that we’re gonna
slow our clip down to 40%. Now, in this side-by-side,
you can see that when you play it back in normal speed, there’s really no difference. But when we slow it down,
you can see that the video that was shot in 60p is much smoother. Okay, so all of that was
basically just to say shoot in 60p, and then
slow your camera down in your software to 40%. Moving right along, always be moving. Now, Wes Anderson has made his career on stable shots, on tripods,
shooting in one direction, but for boudoir videos, I really recommend that you always have the camera moving in some way. That could be leaning
forward and leaning back a little bit. I often say it’s like rocking a baby, just rock your baby back and forth, but here’s an example of two video clips that are basically the same, except one’s moving, and one isn’t. All right, this next one is one that photographers really really
have a hard time with, and it is the three-second rule. I just made up that name. You can’t shoot 10 almost identical images and sell all of them to the client, just like you can’t shoot
10 seconds of footage that basically all looks the same and put those in a video. So I keep this three-second rule, which is basically,
don’t shoot the same shot for more than three seconds at a time. In your hand, shoot one,
two, three, change something. Scoot back, scoot forward, get taller, change lenses, ask them
to do something different. Whatever it is, don’t shoot it
for more than three seconds. All right guys, so now you’ve gotten rid of your shaky camera, and you’ve got beautiful
movement in your videos, and you’ve got amazing slow-motion, and your clips are short, and now you’re ready
to put it all together, nothing is worse than having
a bad song in your video. (bouncy upbeat music) Now believe me, I know it’s
a pain to find good songs, I have spent hours of my life looking, I found this website, and I’ve actually already gone through and chosen a bunch of
really good boudoir songs that I’ve used for my clients that you guys can just
screenshot this and look it up on their website. They’re giving away 30
days free to download as many songs as you want and use it how you want
to for that first month just so you can try it out, but we’re gonna go ahead and grab this one that I’ve used before and
that I think is perfect. All right, final step, editing. Now, we’re gonna be using Final Cut, but you could use literally
any piece of software for this, they’re pretty much all the same. This isn’t going to be a how-to on how to use Final Cut
or your editing software because there are literally
thousands of videos like that on the internet. What we are going to be talking about is the principles of a good boudoir video. So the very first thing
that we’re gonna do is just grab a couple
of clips that we like and toss them into the timeline. I told her to flip her hair. (laughs) So you can make a selection
from your gallery. I usually do it by tapping
the I key for in point and O key for out point, and then you just drag and drop. All you’re trying to do here is go through and find really good clips, the sections within
your clips that you shot that are really good. You can also just tap E and it will add that clip to the
end of your storyline, and that’s how you’ll keep
building your timeline. There’s a great shot of her
sliding her hand up her leg, we’ve got another good
shot of her rolling over, and then to finish, I had her walk away kinda more out of focus,
a little artistic shot, silhouette, and I really love what we got. Next, what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna drop our song in here. Just drag and drop right underneath. So there’s a lot of depth
when it comes to editing. You can get real crazy,
you can do effects, you can do little mini-storylines, you can do all kinds of things, but the main thing that I want you guys to take away from this is cutting to these little spikes. Watch. So within this track, there
are these little spikes. These little spikes, and
these are going to be typically either kick
drum hits or snare hits, and that’s when we want
to change our clips. It’s gonna add even
more impact when we do. So let’s take a listen. (slow melodic music) All right, first of all,
that clip is way too long, so we gotta chop it up. So we’ll do, here’s one, we’ll go until just before she looks up, so we just delete this. All right? So let’s try that again. This big spike here,
we’re gonna cut it here, and then it’s gonna go to the next clip. (slow melodic music) It’s a little shaky at the beginning, so let’s just get rid
of this section here. Here’s another spike, so we’re gonna drag this out a little bit, and then it’s gonna come right inside. So that’s pretty much it. So you’ve got cutting to the spikes, you’ve got, you don’t want
your shaky footage in there, so take those sections out. You wanna keep your clips
short like we talked about, so we’re gonna keep them
at about three seconds, and I’m just gonna do that
for the next couple of clips, so let’s play that again. So here’s another one, I’m gonna use B for
the blade tool and cut. I will go forward a little bit to right before she peeks up. That looks good. I’m gonna cut out the middle
part of this sandwich. That one was a little late, so we’re just gonna drag this over to be right over the spike. That, okay, let’s say
you wanna put together a 20-second really quick promo video for your business, throw
it up on Instagram, whatever you guys wanna do, this I exactly what you’re gonna do. Oh my goodness, that
was so much information, but we got through it
together, we did it you guys, I can’t believe it, but
we’re here for each other, and that’s what I love to see. Now you know how to shoot slow-motion, keep your camera stable,
put motion in your clips, you’ve got shorter clips,
you know how to edit it, you know how to choose your good song, and I’m so excited for you to get out and try some, make some
mistakes, see what happens. Now, I’ve just released
a brand-new newsletter that has exclusive tips. These are tips that I’m not
even putting up on YouTube. We’re gonna be going over how I dodge and burn my photos, we’re gonna be going over how I make clients feel comfortable, we’re gonna be going over some of my favorite couch poses,
how to tell your clients that you don’t like particular
outfits that they brought. I mean, we’re covering a ton of stuff, and they’re short tips,
but they’re exclusive to this newsletter, so if you guys wanna get in on that, definitely go ahead and click right here, and enjoy this fully-edited
boudoir video from Bali. (slow rhythmic music)

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  1. Also helps when you always work with such good models!

    She seems very comfortable, intuitive and authentically charming

  2. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Mike. Have a question. I use an old-timer camera, can't upgrade now. Can I use my cell phone, which shoots FHD at 30fps?
    Best regards from Mother Russia

  3. Thanks so much for these videos man! Seeley speaks highly of you a lot when we travel around. I have to meet up with you some time and pick your brain in person while I try learning video.

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