I’ve spent the last 3 months collaborating with Panasonic and taking 4k photographs on their Lumix GH4. As the months have passed I’ve learnt a lot about the technique and today I’m sharing a few simple tips for taking photographs using 4k film on a GH4.
I’ve often tried to photograph movement and completely missed the moment by either pressing the shutter release too early or too late. Through the use of film, I’ve been able to capture movement like never before. A 4k photo is simply a still taken from a 4k film and with 30 stills per second, the detail is really quite magnificent.
WHAT TO CAPTURE
I’ve found the best subjects to film are people, sports, wildlife, pets and anything that moves and makes interesting shapes. I could have easily spent the last 3 months filming water because I find the movement quite fascinating. I’m looking forward to getting out and about as the weather improves, there’s certainly been a lack of wildlife to shoot over the winter months!
SHOOTING USING 4K FILM
The moment the camera arrived I switched the dial to video and started filming. The GH4 is user-friendly and I found the settings quite intuitive. When I began shooting I carefully set up a tripod however after some experimentation I found it easier to hold the camera. I mostly use autofocus and when I’m using a tripod I tap the camera screen to bring up the focus grid which I move to select a focus point.
SAVING 4K PHOTO STILLS
To playback the film, select the play button as you would viewing photographs. The video files are pretty big so I’ve got into the habit of immediately deleting any I don’t like. Film also uses a lot of battery charge so I make sure I always have a spare with me.
To save the 4k photos I view the film on the camera and pause to save the stills I like. When I find an interesting moment I go through the film frame by frame so I don’t miss a good shot. The stills are then uploaded to my computer and edited as normal.
I’m really happy with the images I’ve captured during the first 3 months and filming movement has been great fun. I’ve loved being taken out of my comfort zone and I now find I’m more mindful of the movement around me. One of the best things about the camera is it’s really light and so I’m more inclined to pop it into my bag as I head out. The only downside is 4k photos are jpeg and so there’s less editing flexibility. I feel I’ve only touched on the camera’s capabilities and I’m excited to dig a little deeper into what it can do.
If you’re interested in reading more do pop over to the Panasonic website where you’ll find me sharing my stunt strawberry! Here are a few more post featuring 4k photos: wellies and waves, seagulls in flight, my niece blowing bubbles, falling pebbles, a fast moving weir and a falling strawberry.
And finally, a short video Panasonic produced about the collaboration. I hope you have a gorgeous day!
This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.