Intro by Skip Cohen
In just about every post in Luminary Corner I've talked about the diversity of the Panasonic Luminaries and my good buddy, Bob Coates, is no exception.
Technology is constantly changing and the new GH4 brings 4K video to the party. In this post, Bob is going to take you through the steps he took to turn a single frame into a stunning image.
Bob should be on your radar. Check out his website, his blog, Successful-Photographer and follow him on twitter. You'll also find more of his work, along with the other Luminaries in the LUMIX Luminary Lounge.
I have the new Firmware upgrade on the Lumix GH4 and there is a bonus feature called 4K photo mode and I like it. You can set the camera to 4K capture and still have the choice to set your aspect ratio where you want it. You can choose 16:9 to match your video wide screen or go 4:3 or 3:2. Even square will give you a 2880X2880 pixel size image to work with.
Years ago when I first heard about the idea of pulling still frames from video I was very skeptical. "What? Now I have to look through 1000's of frames to make my choice?? NO way!" Well, that was then and this is now. It's actually much easier than I thought it would be. You watch the video. When you see what you want, stop the video, move forward or backward a couple frames and capture it. Done!
Want a series from a child's first birthday cake? Choose exactly the expressions you need with no, "Man, I wish I had caught that cute little smile…" after you are done.
Capturing a lightning storm?
Hummingbirds at a feeder?
A stream with splashing water?
Bride and groom walking down the isle?
Roll some video and make your choice. With the Lumix cameras you can even play back the video and choose your still frames right in the camera before downloading! I'm sure you can think of many different instances where this feature could come in handy. I know I did when I started pondering more...
Let's face it, no matter how good the technology is in our cameras, images need a little work in post to bring out their best. Here's a still video capture from Oak Creek. I was experimenting with some ideas that didn't work out involving water and Photoshop Blend Modes, but I had this nice little bend in the stream captured as a square. Here's how I gave it a little zing.
Images copyright Bob Coates. All rights reserved.
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