Thursday, February 20, 2014

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls is easier to get to than any other nice waterfall. This recently-married couple wanted something different from the beach pictures you typically see, so I was happy to take them on the twenty minute hike to this lovely location. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Future of Photography

It used to be that video was very low quality when compared to photography. Much lower resolution, way too contrasty and with little dynamic range. It looked okay for moving images, but if you tried to extract a still photo from your footage it looked horrible.

Still taken from interlaced 30 fps video footage.
But video quality has improved by leaps and bounds, to the point where you can pull still photos from video that look quite good, as long as you don't try to make big enlargements. The key is to shoot progressive rather than interlaced footage, and at a high frame rate such as 60 fps. The above still is from interlaced 30 fps footage and it's okay for a small print, but the one below is from 60 fps progressive, and it could make a nice 5x7 print or even larger. I now shoot 60 fps progressive exclusively, so I've started to offer free photos included with my video packages.

Still taken from progressive 60 fps footage

And we are now at the dawn of the affordable 4k video age. Still frames from 4k video are higher resolution (about 8MP) than most digital still photos were just a  few years ago! With this level of quality, people who do both video and photography will have be able to focus almost entirely on video and still get great photographs suitable for making large enlargements. In many cases the photos would even be superior to what a still photographer can get, because with video you can choose that perfect frame capturing a fleeting moment the still camera misses.When I get the new 4K Panasonic GH4 camera coming out later this year, I plan on offering to shoot video even when the customer only wants photography, precisely because of this ability to find the perfect moment.

Still photography will still have its place, of course. For prints bigger than 11x14 size, for example, and for difficult lighting situations where you need to either use flash or do a lot of color correcting and other adjustments. But most of the time, video is all you'll need.