Posts Tagged ‘still’

Vemödalen: The Fear that Every Photo Has Already Been Captured by Someone Else

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has put together an inspirational video that defines and elaborates on vemödalen, “the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist,” using a clever collection of photographs to do so.

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Photographer Michele Celentano on Capturing Photo Portraits by Recording 4K Video

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The Canon 1D C is a cinema DSLR that’s geared towards video recording. But just because it was built for filmmaking doesn’t mean its value to still photographers is diminished. In fact, it can be the complete opposite, as photographer Michele Celentano demonstrates in a two-part video series recently put out by Canon.
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Will Video Kill Photography’s Stars?

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High-end video camera manufacturers are continuing to engineer innovative products that may one day change the way photographers take photographs, particularly in portrait, fashion and glamour circles.

It’s a challenging and tough sell, and not without a few obvious problems.

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Photographer Blends Day and Night by Compositing Photos Shot at Different Hours

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The idea of ‘average’ is strange, especially when it’s put into real-world situations and memories. The places most familiar to us change on a daily basis, even if it’s just the slightest bit, but when we look back, our brains piece together this conglomeration of what we’ve seen over the days, months and years to create a familiar, cohesive memory.

It was a similar line of thinking that inspired photographer Wolfgang Hildebrand to create his strangely chaotic compositions of city streets.

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Amateur Photographer Experiments with Using a 4K Video Still as its Magazine Cover Photo

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The idea that 4K+ resolution video will soon become a big thing in still photography is one rooted in convenience. While it doesn’t seem video will overtake still photography for good anytime soon, Amateur Photographer wanted to dip their toes in the water.

In a recent experiment, the Amateur Photographer team decided that the September 20th issue of their magazine would feature a cover that uses a still image extracted from video shot at 4K.
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Photojournalist Bill Eppridge Discusses the Importance of the Still Image

At last year’s Fall Photography at the Summit, the folks at the Summit Series of Workshops got a chance to sit down and speak with legendary photojournalist Bill Eppridge. They asked him about “the importance of the still image,” and Eppridge responded by sharing the wise views on photography he has spent a lifetime acquiring. Read more…

Creating Still Photographs by Extracting Frames from HD Video

Are we close to the point at which HD video cameras are so good that professional photographs can simply be extracted from footage rather than shot with a still photography camera? That’s a question photographer Kevin Arnold had, and when he finally got his hands on a $65,000 RED camera he decided to seek an answer:

What I hadn’t anticipated going into this was the advantages this style of shooting would offer in terms of capturing natural expressions and key moments. Obviously, when you’re shooting 120 frames-per-second, it’s almost impossible to miss a moment. But there’s more to it. Shooting video is comparably silent and, without the constant clicking of the shutter reminding them that their every movement was being recorded, the athletes were able to forget I was there. This is huge when you’re striving for authentic, candid images, a hallmark of my work.

On the flip side, Arnold found that one of the biggest issues was achieving fast enough shutter speeds for sharp frames, as most of the frames in his videos were plagued with some kind of blur. Head on over to his blog to read his in depth exploration.

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Image credit: Photographs by Kevin Arnold

Smile: Video Clips of People Posing for Still Photos

Here’s a humorous short film titled “Smile” by director Dean Fleischer-Camp, who regularly asks people to pose for a photograph but then secretly records video instead. It shows how poses that look so natural in still photographs can look so completely awkward in videos.


Update: Long Awkward Pose is a website dedicated to this very thing. (thx flamedot!)

Clever Still Life Photos of Tableware in the Form of Dining Attire

Dinner Etiquette is a project by Melbourne-based art director Sonia Rentsch and photographer Scott Newett that consists of clever still life photos of tableware that’s arranged to look like fine dining attire.
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