Are you impressed or appalled at the idea of using 4k video for stills photography? (Poll Closed)

  • I’m sold – will be a useful tool that could transform my photography
    13.24%
    29 votes

     
  • I’d give it a go if it was available but can’t see a regular use for this feature.
    23.29%
    51 votes

     
  • I’d try it, but I’d feel a little like I was cheating if I used it for stills
    7.31%
    16 votes

     
  • I’ve no interest in it as it is of no benefit for the type of photograph I do.
    37.44%
    82 votes

     
  • Although it would make my photography easier the quality isn’t good enough
    6.85%
    15 votes

     
  • It’s cheating. I’d never use it and don’t think other photographers should either.
    11.87%
    26 votes

     

Posted 5 years.

9 Comments

  • Tom L - 5 years ago

    It seems like looking at a particular comment above 4K video might not yet be up to it really!
    Although I'm sure it will take off. Just because technology will make it possible.
    And us folk are the ones with the power to buy 4K or leave it alone.

    So if it didn't take off, there'd be no need for it.
    Maybe we'd see few enthusiast products utilising this, and more top - end pro stuff.

  • Phil - 5 years ago

    I don't view photography as competition but more as an art or craft. Hardware and software are out there to assist you in achieving your creative goals. Using 4K video to extract stills is no more cheating than using a camera with a high shooting frame rate. If it helps you, well then good on you, mate.

    On a personal basis, I think this will be a valuable tool for lots of parents when capturing their young, active kids. Very difficult getting them to sit still so a screen grab would be an invaluable tool to people not so adept at the finer points of action photography but excited at capturing shots of their little treasures. If a 4K screen grab yields better quality than what is currently out there, than all the better.

  • jim howe - 5 years ago

    What's the fuss? it's only a version of continuous shooting only at a much faster frame rate surely? I like the idea.

  • Frank Gray - 5 years ago

    The British fashion photographer, Elaine Constantine, has used this technique for a number of high profile clients with stunning results. The only difference, she shot HD on a Canon 5D MkII. In other words, creativity is everything.

  • Paul Russell - 5 years ago

    Video and af aren't natural bedfellows, so don't expect eos 1dx focus accuracy all the time. Or at any time.
    Large sensors and contrast detection. S-L-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-W

    Also, because of the 180 rule to preserve quality of perception of motion in video, expect shutters around 1/50th, all the time, or most of the time, so too slow for freezing sports, too brief for low light indoors etc....

    if you were using something like a red as a stills camera with dedicated stills settings, then yeah great, but wouldn't you be better just using a stills camera?

    If you are lifting video frames... the settings and the visual language are all wrong (stills composition within each single shot is vital, in video the emphasis is less on each frame, but the sequence) so your either you are going to compromise your video to accomadate still captures, or your stills are going to be compromised by their video genesis.

    a good additional option under some circumstances, but although the tools are similar -identical in some cases- the technique is entirely different.

  • entoman - 5 years ago

    For professional photographers it is potentially extremely useful. Most of us regularly shoot bursts of 5-10 frames and select the best (or focus-stack and merge them post capture, for certain subjects), so being able to shoot a greater number of frames in the same space of time is obviously advantageous. I currently have no interest in video, but 4K appeals for this ability to pull stills. However, despite it's very successful use for the AP cover shot (well done AP for doing so!), the quality simply isn't high enough for my own usage (I shoot wildlife macro for publication, I often need to crop, and I need best quality possible for full page or double page spreads.

  • JohnO - 5 years ago

    Photography needs thought and often planning . While there may be a place for random events it should be an exception. This seems like photographers who "machine gun" photos on the off chance that they get a good shot.

  • Jim - 5 years ago

    Pulling images from a video is essentially making screen captures, in my honest opinion. The effort that goes into creating a piece of art requires far more designing and artistry than trolling through a video frame by frame and choosing what is technically a good image. Photography, as it is meant to be, is an art, not a craps shoot.

  • Jim - 5 years ago

    Pulling images from a video is essentially making screen captures, in my honest opinion. The effort that goes into creating a piece of art requires far more designing and artistry than trolling through a video game by frame and choosing what is technically a good image. Photography, as it is meant to be, is an art, not a craps shoot.

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