Creative Briefs: Slow Motion


Footage that manipulates our perception of time is always among our top-selling categories. Like the timelapse footage we called for last month, slow-motion content is also high in demand. Slow things down and capture the remarkable details of moments often missed by the naked eye in simple actions performed throughout our everyday lives.


How to Shoot a High-Quality Slow-Motion Video

A video recorded in slow motion plays back at a slower speed than the live action when the videographer captured the footage. The method for achieving this effect is to record at a frame rate higher than the typical frame rate for conventional video viewing and then play back the material at the standard frame rate. As a result, motion seems slower and more fluid than it would in real time.

You usually require specialized equipment to handle high frame rates to record slow-motion video. Here’s a list of thoughts to consider before you start shooting.

  • Camera: Seek a camera with high frame rates supported. Slow-motion recording is possible with many contemporary digital cameras, including DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even your smartphone, which is potentially the cheapest option. Some video and cinema cameras are made specifically for fast recording and can offer faster frame rates.
  • Memory card: To handle the higher data flow that results from high frame rates, use a memory card with a large capacity and quick speed.
  • Lighting: At high frame rates, you might require more light to preserve image quality. Make sure your scene has enough lighting.
  • Tripod or stabilization: Use a tripod or other stabilization equipment for smooth, slow-motion video. Slower motion might make shaky video more obvious.
  • Check the frame rate: Make sure your selected camera can handle high frame rates. Videos in slow motion often have frame rates of 60 fps, 120 fps, 240 fps, and higher. Choose a frame rate that works well for the desired result. More dramatic slow motion is possible at higher frame rates, but they may require more light and result in larger file sizes.
  • Test the resolution: Test the resolution settings on the camera. Higher frame rates may cause some cameras to lose resolution.

Pro Tip: Check out our blog article on how to slow down your footage in Premiere Pro for a helpful tutorial.


Shotlist Thought Starters

Get inspired by the following subcategories to expand your portfolio with new, fresh, slow-motion content:

Slow motion city

Buyers are looking for fresh takes on the city life itself!

  • Urban Movement: people walking down busy streets, cars maneuvering traffic, and bikes on the move.
  • Architectural Details: iconic or unusual buildings with reflections in glass windows, moving shadows, or sunset city lights.
  • Public Transportation: footage of buses, trains, or subways coming and departing to highlight the dynamic aspect of public transportation.
  • Street Performers: Showcase street artists, musicians, or performers in slow motion.
  • Establishing Shots: Capture the city parks, important districts, etc.

Slow motion animals

From the beauty of animals at play to your happy pet resting at home, slow motion animal shots range from super cool to super cute!

  • Record birds or insects in slow motion to highlight the grace and precision of their flight patterns.
  • Animals, such as dogs or birds playing in water and capturing the splashes and ripples in slow motion.
  • Interaction between predators and prey in nature, focusing on the drama and intensity of these moments.
  • Slow-motion movement of animals sprinting, leaping, or prowling, catching the intricacies of their physicality.
  • Pet interaction with humans in slow motion.

Slow motion people

Cut back the hustle and bustle of busy city life, and slow down the rush with your lens.

  • Daily activities such as drinking coffee, reading, or walking highlight the beauty of ordinary moments.
  • Models walking in slow motion, focusing on clothing movement.
  • Slow-motion footage of crowds at festivals, concerts, or public locations to highlight their collective energy and movement.
  • Showcase dancers or performers in slow motion to emphasize the fluidity and emotion in their motions.
  • Close-ups of people’s faces are ideal for highlighting their expressions, reactions, and emotions.

Slow motion sport

Perfection in every single second. Amaze fans by capturing the details of that pivotal moment that decides the wins and losses at a high frame rate!

  • Close-up shots of athletes while tying their shoelaces, hands wrapping tape around wrists, focused expression as the athlete warms up.
  • Start-line moments, for example a runner crouched in the starting blocks, a tennis player bouncing the ball before a serve, a swimmer jumping into the pool
  • Extreme sport tricks in slow motion
  • POV shots from the action
  • Sports equipment in slow motion, such as a tennis racket, a golf club striking the bal, etc.
  • Victory and defeat in slow motion – capture the emotions of an athlete in various scenarios.

Slow motion elements

From colorful powders to mixing liquids, even the simplest actions captured in slow-mo allow the artist to add depth and interest to their projects.

  • Water droplets falling, splashing, or producing ripples.
  • The interaction of light and shadow in slow motion on various surfaces.
  • Blending different colors of liquids or powders in slow motion.
  • Slow-motion shots of smoke, fog, dust, etc.

Slow motion food

Capture the yummy essence of the cooking process that leaves the audience hungry for more!

  • Chefs’ careful and systematic methods, as they prepare food in slow motion, emphasize the artistry of cooking.
  • Slow-motion pour of liquids, such as sauces or syrups, onto food to highlight the textures and flavors.
  • Slow-motion sizzle and grill marks on food to highlight the sensory experience of cooking.
  • Highlight the presentation of beautifully plated dishes in slow motion.
  • The slow-motion rising of the dough, the melting of chocolate, or the baking process highlight the transformational nature of baking.


Submission Ideas

Don’t forget to pay attention to composition and lighting and capture authentic moments that showcase the essence of each subtopic.

Get inspired by our collection of content we’re looking for here.


Suitable Keywords:

Slow motion in connection with fire, water, rain, flag, people, explosion, ocean, fireworks, crowd, food, animal, nature, bird, city, dance, sport, bullet, smoke, liquid, running, swimming, powder, etc.


Target Group

The target group of this category of content includes filmmakers and content producers, as well as scientists and educators studying many phenomena in slow motion, photographers, advertisers, creatives, and artists to create experimental and expressive visual aesthetics.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.

TOP Image: Cucumber Slices Splashing Water In Super Slow Motion Close Up. Vegetable Falling by stockbusters

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Music Briefs: Handpan Music


A handpan is a musical instrument from the percussion family. It is a steel drum played with the hands, therefore the term “handpan.” The instrument is typically convex in design, with a central “ding” or “note” surrounding a series of more minor tuned sounds.
Handpans are renowned for their rich, resonant sound, and a wide range of musical genres put them to use:

  • Meditation music: The soothing and meditative tones of the handpan make it a popular choice for ambient and meditation music, creating a calming and healing atmosphere.
  • World music genre: The handpan’s percussive and melodic qualities make it well-suited for world music genres, such as African, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Indian music.
  • Experimental music: The handpan’s unique sound attracts musicians in experimental and contemporary music, where artists explore unconventional sounds and textures.
  • Film and game soundtracks: Composers and filmmakers have employed the handpan in film scores and soundtracks to evoke specific moods or create a sense of otherworldliness.


History of the handpan instrument

Felix Rohner was the first recognized player of the Trinidad Steel Drum, a musical instrument that gained popularity in Europe in the 1970s. With a thorough understanding of steel drums, he and his business partner Sabrina Scharer founded PANArt, an organization well-known for producing dented musical instruments, in 1990. It wasn’t until 2001 that Felix and Sabrina officially unveiled the “Hang” steel drum in Musikmesse Frankfurt in Germany.

However, the founders didn’t want to mass produce the instrument, so there was a limited supply each year despite a high demand. As a result, in 2007, other instrument makers in Europe and the United States began to release various versions. They referred to these versions as the “handpan” rather than the “Hang.” There are presently over 100 manufacturers of handpans worldwide.


Handpan Music Characteristics

Handpan music crosses typical genre limits, making it an adaptable instrument in various musical settings. Its relaxing and atmospheric tones are ideal for world music, ambient, and new-age genres. Check out some of the distinctive features of handpan music:

  • Melodic Resonance: The handpan produces rich, resonant tones. Its euphonic character enables artists to compose appealing and harmonizing songs.
  • Expressive Dynamics: One of the most striking features of handpan music is its expressive dynamics. Musicians can produce a wide range of dynamics, from gentle and delicate notes to louder and percussive sounds.
  • Meditative and relaxing vibes: Meditative and relaxing settings are often conducive to handpan music. The instrument’s peaceful and tranquil tones make it ideal for generating soothing soundscapes, making it a popular choice for meditation, yoga, and ambient music. Also, playing the handpan involves a direct physical connection between the musician’s hands and the instrument. This physical element evokes a more spiritual and intimate feel.
  • Emotional expression: One of the main attributes of handpan music is its expressive range. Thanks to the many possibilities for playing the instrument, songs can convey emotions and narratives without requiring lyrics.


Pond5 Examples of Handpan Music

Listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2-8 minutes long.
  • Generally, handpan music can range from around 60 BPM for slower, more meditative pieces to 120 BPM or even higher for compositions with a livelier and more rhythmic character.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with a combination of handpan with other instruments, such as woodwind instruments like flute or clarinet or various ambient electronic keyboard pads, that add to the relaxing factor as well as complexity and richness of the handpan music.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Don’t forget to add HANDPANP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top Image: A Musician’s Hand Playing The Handpan With Other People by Wirestock .

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