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Stills2Motion – Photography, Video, Together

What we are about.

The aim of this new blog is in the title. Stills2Motion is the new blog for Jason Row Photography. As a photographer and film maker I have watched the two technologies of photography and video creation converge over the last few years. Eight to ten years ago I might be shooting High Definition video on a dedicated camcorder. These days I shoot 4K video on a camera primarily designed for stills.

This gradual convergence of the two technologies has had a profound impact on photographers and videographers alike. No longer are we confined by our cameras to shooting stills or motion, we can shoot both. In fact, the quality of 4K video now is such that we can even pull high quality stills from a video timeline.

As a photographers if you need high quality video, you need only turn a dial on your camera. As a film maker, when you see something that will look great as a still, you can capture that image without having the reach for a dedicated stills camera. In short we can now be photographers and film makers at the same time.

Drone photography of sunrise over Prague in July 2016. Shot on a Phantom 3 4K

Drones have made aerial photography and video creation a reality

 

In this this blog we hope to bring you the best of both worlds in one cohesive easy to read location. We will have articles on technique, post production, news and views. These will be about both stills and motion hopefully helping you to get to grips with either or both.

We live in an exciting time for media production. Not only can we express out creativity through the medium of the still photograph but also we can treat our viewers to the moving image too. This can be anything from a short clip to an epic documentary production. Nothing is beyond us given a reasonable camera, a decently specced computer and some decent post production software.

 

The Convergence of Stills and Video

As a blog concentrating on the convergence of technologies our primary technology focus will be on DSLRs and compact system cameras. These are the cameras that are driving the convergence and opening up the realms of our creative expression.

 

A mirrorless camera can now take high quality 4K video as well as great stills

 

The future will be interesting. Although the stills and video have converged in cameras, the two technologies are still quite diverse when it comes to post production in particular in terms of DAM, Digital Asset Management.

 

Apps and Drones also drive the Convergence

This is a mature market for the prosumer shooting stills, Lightroom being a prime example but there are no real quality prosumer DAM apps for video or both video and stills. Lightroom can handle video but it is limited and clunky. We shall be keeping our eyes on this particular area in hope of some new advances.

Lightroom is the primary image management app

 

Another area where there is a deep crossover of the technologies is the use of drones. These marvels of modern technology are getting increasingly more sophisticated. Their image capturing capabilities are also getting better and better. We we look at how to fly drones, the legal aspects and how to capture great stills and footage.

 

                                                                          Shot and edited in a few hours using a prosumer drone

 

One recent development in the video market that have implications for stills is the three axis gimbal. These incredible devices stabilise your camera when shooting stills using sensors and powerful motors. They are capable of results that used to only be achievable with a many thousand dollar Steadycam and a skilled operator. It is my belief that we will soon start to see more and more uses for this in stills photography, particularly in the time-lapse field.

 

Help us Grow

Any blog worth it’s salt must interact with its readers. To this end we would love to hear you suggestions for what you want to see in Stills2Motion. As we grow will will take on guest writers who will help us diversify our outlook on the photographic and video world. Also like any blog, to grow we need your help. If you are interested in photography, video or both and know others for whom this blog will be useful, please help us spread the word by like, sharing and talking about us. Also feel free to join us on Facebook, Twitter or take a peek at our main website.

Welcome to Stills2Motion we hope you enjoy the ride.

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One Comment

  • Charles Henderson says:

    Nice idea for a blog, thanks Jason. The new GH5 from Panasonic is interesting in the convergence of the two disciplines. Like its predecessor, it looks like it will be an incredible stills camera to use to shoot video. However, it can also capture 4k and 8k stills at very high speed (30fps+) using the video technology within it (ie shot like a video, but instead of having to extract the still images from the video in post, the camera natively saves them as stills) – very clever stuff and one feels this is yet another new avenue for cameras to follow. The Canon 5D IV has still capture from 4k, but this has to be done in post or via the camera’s rear touchscreen by scrubbing through the 4k video – also, from what I understand, the 4k video codec Canon uses to do this is useful for capturing stills but not a great actual video codec. The Panasonic solution appears to be a better implementation of the concept of capturing stills from video.

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