Creative Coaching

How To Capture Movement Using 4k Photography

15th December 2015

4k Photography

4K PHOTO

I recently posted about trying new things and saying yes to opportunities, so when I was asked if I would like to become a Panasonic Lumix 4k Photo Ambassador I immediately said yes! For those who are new to 4k photography, it involves creating short films and taking stills from the footage. With 4k film, you can extract 30 frames per second which I’m still struggling to get my head around! This epic technique enables you to capture movement and those fleeting moments we often miss.

One of the things I’m passionate about is trying out new ways of capturing the world and I’m excited about doing a spot of filming, something I haven’t done since my art foundation course over 20 years ago. Having worked on ‘A Photo a Day’ during 2010, ’52 Weeks of Home’ in 2012 and ‘A Year of Moments‘ in 2015, I think it’s fair to say I like a creative project and so I hope you will enjoy seeing something a little different in the coming months. If you have any suggestions of things I could film do let me know. Please note there will be no skydives or bungee jumps with the camera strapped to my head!

A BIGGER SPLASH

For my first film, I decided to take the camera on a walk along the river to see what movement I could find. I was tempted to sit alongside the fishermen waiting for a passing heron but instead I threw a few stones into the water to observe the splash and ripples. Having only received my camera on Thursday I thought it wise to capture something simple as a first attempt to familiarise myself with the process. Of course, in an ideal world, I would have shot someone diving into a Californian pool David Hockney style but on a grey and wet Sunday you’ve got to take what you can. By the way, the background noise is from the nearby weir.

Once my Hollywood blockbuster was complete I watched the film and paused it at any of the interesting moments. This was all done on the camera and each image was saved directly to the memory card. Here are a few of the images, as you can see it is a clever bit of kit! I like how some of the shapes look like decorative ice sculptures.

I’m excited about having some fun with my Lumix GH4 over the coming months and I’ll be sharing my 4k photo journey with you here on Candy Pop.

Have you ever captured movement using 4k photography? And are you willing to let me film your dog / cat / budgerigar?

This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Daisy 15th December 2015 at 8:05 am

    Looks like lots of fun! I have seen the adverts for this on TV, looking forward to your results….x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th December 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thanks so much. I hope you have a great day! x

  • Reply Caroline Rowland 15th December 2015 at 9:25 am

    ooo, this is very interesting Natasha! thinking this would be great to get photos of Ruby as she is always moving so we end up taking about 50 shots to get one decent one!! Excited to see what you produce with the camera! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th December 2015 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Caroline. It would be perfect to capture Ruby, I’m excited about filming my niece and nephews this Christmas! x

  • Reply Sue 15th December 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Oh this is very clever!! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it- congratulations too! Well deserved xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th December 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much Susie you’re too kind! x

  • Reply Rita Mosscockle 15th December 2015 at 2:33 pm

    These are wonderful photos! Gorgeous. I have two little rat girls who would love to star in their own film shoot. Indeed they’re quite fast so this seems like it might be popular with rat friends. And judging by my Instagram feed there are quite a lot of us! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th December 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Rita (Kate!).. That sounds like a great idea, we must set a date! x

  • Reply Alice 15th December 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I have to say, I had no idea what 4k photography was and when you explained it I thought ‘err, what is the point?’. But this is absolutely incredible! like someone upthread has said, Hux is always moving and is mostly captured as a blur on his way to somewhere more exciting but this would solve all the issues of never managing to snap him. Amazing! Can’t wait to see what else you do with the camera x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th December 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Alice, I’m looking forward to capturing a few Jeremy Beadle moments over Christmas! x

  • Reply KatGotTheCream (@KatGotTheCream) 17th December 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This is all new to me. I have to be honest and say I’ve neglected my Lumix a little lately but I think I might go back and have a play with it after reading this. I love watching ripples on water – mesmerising! Congrats again on your ambassadorship – you’ll be great! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th December 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks so much Kat, we’ll have to have a Lumix photo session in London after Christmas! x

  • Reply Jo 17th December 2015 at 5:06 pm

    What a cool opportunity, congratulations on your ambassadorship! I’m sure you’ll do a sterling job. 4k photography is all new to me as well. The last photograph reminds me of photographs and drawings I did for my portfolio to get into art school as I was obsessed with water rings and ripples!

    • Reply Jo 17th December 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Forgot to mention that I also love your pink coat 🙂

      • Candy Pop
        Reply Candy Pop 19th December 2015 at 8:31 am

        Thanks so much Jo for your kind comments. x

  • Reply Eva 18th December 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Amazing pictures!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th December 2015 at 8:29 am

      Thank you! x

  • Reply lori 21st December 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Wow this is so clever! The photos are so sharp and you can capture every moment. Well done on the ambassadorship xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st December 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much Lori! x

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