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Shahazad K.m
 

What Can You Tell Me About Frame Rates?


For what type of pictures would the frame rate be an issue?


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4/24/2006 12:30:52 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  There are two uses for the term "frame rate" that I can think of. It is usually measured in fps or frames-per-second.
When shooting video, you might typically see frame rates of 15 fps, 30 fps, or sometimes 60 fps. The faster the frame rate, the more smoothly the video will flow. 30 fps is generally a good speed to use.
When taking still images, many SLR cameras (both film and digital) will specify a frame rate that the camera can achieve, such as 3 fps or 5 fps. This is the number of images the camera can take per second. While the frame rate has a direct impact on the quality of a video, the frame rate does NOT have a direct impact on the quality of a still picture. The shutter speed affects the actual picture, the frame rate just affects how many pictures you get per second.
If you are taking pictures of fast-moving action, like sports or a fast animal, a higher frame rate may help you get an image at the moment you are trying to capture.
For images of still subjects, like landscapes, still life, portraits, flowers, etc., the frame rate is irrelevant.


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4/24/2006 6:39:14 AM

 
Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Depends on how many thousandths of a second you wish to document the humping of the rare speckled hummingbird.


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4/25/2006 2:58:26 AM

 
Bill Wassmann   I agree with Chris V but I'd like to amplify one of his phrases. He says, "a higher frame rate may help you get an image..." The operative word is MAY. Most experienced photographers recommend anticipating the critical moment rather than relying on a burst of shots.
Bill Wassmann


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4/25/2006 7:24:13 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Well said, Bill. I should have capitalized MAY.

Art, is that a typo? Did you mean "humming" of the hummingbird, or something else? ;-)

Freudian slip, perhaps?


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4/25/2006 7:33:17 AM

 
Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Actually, Chris. I am an old accomplice. OOOOOOOOOOOOO, the mystery . . .


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4/25/2006 6:12:26 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Mystery? No, not really.


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4/26/2006 4:49:40 AM

 
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