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Why Do My Photos Have Weird Shapes In Them When I Shoot Moving Objects?

We all love taking photos and sharing videos as we go through our lives. Social media has really upped the ante as people are sharing more and more on Facebook, Instagram and more.

What you might have noticed (we certainly have), is that occasionally when someone films something that's moving quickly, the phone's camera will show a distortion because of it's rolling shutter. Take for example a plane's propeller (which spins thousands of times per minute), when a photo is snapped of it in motion with a cell phone, a strange effect happens...

 

What is a rolling shutter? It's the digital version of a shutter that allows your camera to work on a MUCH smaller scale than a traditional camera - and without moving parts.

This video from engineer Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day demonstrates how a rolling shutter in a phone or digital camera can create a distorted photo or video...

Now, how would it look if you were to simulate the rolling shutter effect?

Check THIS out...