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Images From Videos: High-Resolution Video is Changing Photography

July 10, 2013 by  
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High-resolution video is changing photography. With the ability to now do 4K capture in the camera, you can essentially shoot video and just do a freeze frame of the moment you want from the footage rather than taking still photos. In fact, this image is so good you can print it out on quality archival photo paper – poster size! I saw this first hand when I was at the NAB Show this past April.

In this short video you can see it for yourself too.

(If you can’t view this video on this page, you can watch it here on YouTube.)

While there are still challenges when trying to get footage that works both as motion and as stills, the business of photography and videography is growing closer every day. Wedding videographers especially have been jumping on board, trying to make the most of stills and motion.

The photographer in me worries what this capturing ability will do for still photography but it is something for the professional shooter to be aware of. I can tell you this, the editing process will be a bugger…instead of having hundreds of shots to edit and choose from, you have thousands or hundreds of thousands.

As a photographer myself, I think I compose things differently when I am shooting a single still image than when composing for a video shot. It’s going to be very interesting to watch the development and adoption of 4K and what effect it will have on photography.

What do you think? Please let us know, by leaving a comment below, if you feel that this will be the end of photography as we know it or the beginning of a new chapter. Thanks for weighing in!

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Presenting the Money Shot: Create Professional Slideshows and Keep them Secure

You’ve mastered the digital equipment, found the right flash bulb and have a collection of lenses that will provide the right effect for landscapes, portraitures, and the great outdoors. Now let’s talk about building a stellar online portfolio. Creating a website that features your best work is the most effective way to generate an online presence and build a more professional standard that clients and advertising agencies will appreciate. Offering a clean presentation of your work in the form of a slideshow is optimal and might even be that extra point that wins the client over. Kit Eaton of the New York Times recommends a few affordable and easy to use options that will definitely add value to your portfolio.

Backing It Up

Before you get started on your slideshow, you’ll want to create a sound online-backup strategy of your work. Chris Corradino, of the New York Institute of Photography, says that securing your photos at an offsite cloud storage center is one of the best ways to ensure photographers that their work is safe from being lost, stolen or damaged. Piece of mind, unlimited storage space, and the added value of being able to store large files in a secure area come with online backup for about $4.95 per month. Scheduling a daily backup of your work, to be saved on an external hard drive as well as with a cloud storage provider, can offer you extra security.

On the Go Slideshow

Apple iOS lovers will appreciate Mac’s latest app offering, the Photo Slideshow Director. This easy-to-use app will allow you to create slideshows on your iPhone or iPad for about $2. This app makes jazzing up your slideshow with music a snap. According to Eaton, you can match up the timing of your images with music that you select from your iTunes library, select images in your archive by tapping on them and the image thumbnails can be changed and moved by simply dragging and dropping images. This app also allows you to create fun and attractive effects to transition the images, like fade-ins and distortion that can be viewed in high definition. So, if you’re in a rush and need to create a professional looking presentation in a pinch, this app is one you will want to try.

Build It, Share It

For PC users, there’s the comprehensive and feature-filled Photo Slideshow Builder. As featured on, this program helps users to enter digital images and transform them into video quality slideshows. offers a free download of the program on their site, which is preferable if you’re working on a shoestring budget and want to create a presentation that is professional, without having to pay too much out of pocket.

Your days of presenting single digital stills will soon be over once you see how impressed your clients are with your creative slideshow. You’ll never want to turn back.

Photography How To: HDSLR Cameras VS Phone & Pocket Cameras

September 8, 2011 by  
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Photography How To: Camera VS Phone – What Should You Use?

Last year we went on a vacation and brought along our Canon T2i. I was happily snapping away during a particularly spectacular sunset when I overheard someone behind me telling her friend, “Why do people want to bring those big hulking cameras on a vacation?” She was implying that I was a dinosaur for using a “real” camera instead of a cell phone or pocket camera, like everyone else around me.

That gave me a lot to stew about. I guess I’m still stewing.

I seriously got  into filmmaking and photography over 40 years ago, so I am pretty sure I have a little deeper perspective on the subject than she does, and I’ve spent some time thinking about this issue.

I’ll tell you why I think there is a time and place for a “real camera” and a point-and-shoot or even a cell phone camera.

Shortly after that vacation experience I uploaded my photos to Facebook and received all kinds of praise and positive comments about my sunset photos. I’m really enjoying using my T2i and posting photos to Facebook, Trip Advisor and various blogs and websites, and I always get great feedback.

To me, there’s just no comparison between the quality of a snapshot taken on a cell phone and a photo from an 18 megapixel dedicated camera with a high quality lens, coupled with the knowledge of how to creatively use exposure, depth of field and composition to create a professional image.

Now I recognize the convenience of a pocket camera.

I get that.

But that lady apparently didn’t appreciate that there are tradeoffs when you take your photos on a device also shoots videos, plays games, checks email, surfs the web, sends and receives texts, is a GPS and, oh yes… is a phone. There’s a reason you don’t see professional photographers shooting weddings, ads, magazine covers, wildlife photos, sports, news, etc. with a cell phone.

In my opinion, I wouldn’t dream of taking a trip or hard earned vacation WITHOUT my HDSLR.

Here’s a quick comparison of the pros and cons of using a dedicated camera and a smartphone or pocket camera:

Pros Of Using An HDSLR Camera

Besides the fact that you can shoot beautiful, film-like video footage, there’s a lot to like about these types of cameras.

High Definition Single Lens Reflex (HDSLR) cameras are incredibly low priced for what you get. People are shooting movies with $2,000 HDSLR cameras that look like they were shot on Panavision film cameras costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is partly because of the large image sensors these cameras have. Some have sensors equal to 35mm film, the same as professional movie cameras. Whether used to shoot still images or videos, these large sensors create very high resolution images with a wide dynamic range and lots of data that can be creatively manipulated in post production.

These large sensors also mean they are better in low light. Most come with a powerful built in flash. I use fill flash almost all the time, even when shooting outdoors. You can also add accessories to them such as an accessory flash.

HDSLRs offer control over shutter speed, aperture and film speed, the essential components photographers have been using creatively to create stunning images since the dawn of photography. You can choose from a wide range of high quality lenses for any situation. Most of these cameras are mini-computers with very sophisticated processing options that far eclipse what you can do with a cell phone.

All of the above points were referring to digital SLR cameras. I have friends who still love to shoot film and slides. I’ve shot tens of thousands of photos and slides myself. I love the look of film. Kodak stopped making my beloved Kodachrome and most photographers are going digital, but whether film or digital, a dedicated camera offers more creative control, hands-down.

Cons Of HDSLR Cameras

I’ll admit it. I have a little pocket camera that I use when I don’t want to carry around a large camera. It is convenient, while an HDSLR is bulky and conspicuous. Carry a few lenses with you and you’ll need a gadget bag, lens cleaning brush, extra batteries, etc. That can be a pain.

You can’t upload your images directly to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr directly from it. All it does is take a photo or video. Because the photos are so large, you probably have to resize them before sharing on the internet, and you’ll need a computer to do that.

Worst of all, you can’t make a phone call or send a text from it.

Pros of Smart Phones & Pocket Cameras

See a UFO or Sasquatch? Use your cellphone, by all means.

Most everyone carries their cell phones with them, so you always have a camera handy. Because of this you may be able to capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo that you can’t get any other way. Definitely an advantage.

Also, you can email and upload your photos and videos and share them immediately. There’s a great deal of power and convenience in that, no argument.

Cons of Smart Phones & Pocket Cameras

As I’ve mentioned, they generally lack the creative control over depth of field and motion that you get with shutter speed and aperture, and the smaller sensors are less sensitive in low light. They also don’t have the onboard image processing power that the HDSLRs offer. Most do not have a flash or only have a weak flash, at best.

My suggestion if you’re serious about taking outstanding photos and getting those once-in-a-lifetime shots is to invest and carry both!

Recommended Resources

Canon T3i – Kit (with lens) retails for $849.

Canon T2i – Kit (with lens) retails for $748. This camera comes with a higher resolution than its newer brother but doesn’t have the flip out LCD screen.

Canon EOS 7D – At $1,789 (with lens), this is a powerful, professional camera. It is one of the more popular cameras among filmmakers. If your budget can justify it, this is the one I’d get.

(As you can see, I’m a Canon fan. Nothing against any other brand, I’ve just worked with Canon equipment most of my career.)

The Glif iPhone Tripod Stand – At $20, a must-have, in my opinion, if you want to do serious video and photography with your iPhone.

So, I’m curious.

Any other “dinosaurs” out there who carry around an HDSLR?


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