Videos are now top of mind when it comes to digital content. Browse through your social media feed and it’s highly likely you’ll pause, and click on a clip shared by one of your friends. Whether it’s short funny clips or longer ones, videos tell stories that can capture people’s attention—especially when they’re nicely edited.

Even better are videos shot in slow motion which allow us to see moments that our eyes can’t capture. It’s truly amazing how many fast movements occur in a split second and we’re only able to appreciate this better when slowed down frame by frame. This appreciation is taken up a notch by the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Borrowing from Sony’s imaging expertise seen both in Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras, the brand created the new Motion Eye camera system. The result: the phone can record videos at 960 frames per second and the playback is four times slower than other smartphones. See it for yourself in the video below:

Any moment you record with the Xperia XZ Premium can be made dramatic—helping you produce the most detailed slow motion video. But how can you maximize the XZ Premium’s technology to shoot an awesome video you can share with your friends? We asked Sony Mobile Photography and Videography ambassadors Gary Albano and Linus Banaag for five simple tips to help you unleash the mobile videographer in you.

Tip#1: Make sure you have good lighting

Since you want as much detail to be seen in your super slow motion video, your subject must be well lit. “If you’re shooting outside, ample sunlight is good. For indoors, use an LED light. All the details of your subject will be best seen once it’s slowed down frame by frame,” shares Albano, also known as @dudeinorange on Instagram. He used an LED light in this video:

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Tip# 2: Use a tripod  

Shaky videos are only cool if you’re shooting a car chase scene. But for everything else, it’s best to have your phone as stable as possible to put the focus on your moving subject. Banaag recommends using a tripod. Once set up, all you’ll need to worry about is the right framing.

Tip#3 Pick interesting subjects

When it comes to super slow motion videos, the unlikeliest things become magical frame by frame. “The things we don’t normally see, when shot in super slow motion, it really becomes dramatic. Like when you flick-on a lighter, it’s quite fast but when slowed down, you’ll see how the sparks slowly turn into fire,” Banaag says. At 960fps, the Xperia XZ Premium can turn otherwise quick moments like the stove lighting up, snapping of fingers, and the rain dropping into cool slow motion videos like this one by Banaag:

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Tip# 4: Experiment with things you find at home

Colorful things like fruits, or even pouring water into a glass can ignite your inner videographer once you see it in super slow motion mode, says Albano. Use your curiosity on how certain mundane things will look like when slowed done frame by frame and go from there.

Tip#5: Keep Shooting

Timing is everything when shooting in super slow motion. Shoot longer clips than just trying to capture the moments you want to see frame by frame. “Longer clips allow you to pick and choose the right moment and gives you room for editing, too,” Banaag says.

If you’re interested to try this out yourself, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available for P45,490 and can be bought  with 12 months 0% installment and comes in Deep Sea Black, Luminous Chrome, and Bronze Pink.

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