A Few Simple Tips for Taking 4k Photos

15th March 2016

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I’ve spent the last three months collaborating with Panasonic and taking 4k photographs on their Lumix GH4. As the months passed I’ve learnt a lot about the technique. So today I’m sharing a few simple tips for taking 4k photos on a GH4.

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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 quite magnificent.


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 three 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!

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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.


To playback the film, select the play button as you would viewing photographs. The video files are 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 happy with the images I’ve captured during the first three 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 movement around me.

One of the best things about the camera is it’s 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.

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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.

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And finally, a short video Panasonic produced about the collaboration. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

This post is a sponsored collaboration with Panasonic. All views are my own.

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  • Reply Lucy 15th March 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Great tips for 4k. I’m keen to try out a Lumix. I had a look on the Panasonic site at the strawberry trick. Very cool! Thanks for sharing X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th March 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Lucy for stopping by. I’ve been really pleased with my Lumix and the 4k feature is great fun! x

  • Reply Slummy single mummy 15th March 2016 at 1:02 pm

    These are fabulous! Love the stunt strawberry 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th March 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Haha – thanks so much! x

  • Reply Gill Crawshaw 15th March 2016 at 1:06 pm

    These are great tips, I’ve been wondering about capturing movement (mainly as my two children are always on the move!) I have a Lumix too so will try it out x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th March 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Gill. It’s great for capturing children on the move! x

  • Reply Ordinary Mom 17th March 2016 at 6:53 am

    I don’t know anything about photography but your photos have a very calming presence. I don’t know if someone told you, your photos slow down the time. Everything is so serene!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th March 2016 at 10:35 am

      That’s so kind of you to say. I hope you have a wonderful day! x

  • Reply katie @enchantingblog 17th March 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Oh I love the sound of this camera…my first good camera was a Lumix and I loved it! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th March 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Katie for stopping by. x

  • Reply Hannah 18th March 2016 at 11:04 am

    So beautiful, am inspired to give it a try!
    Do you print at home and would you recommend any particular printer and paper if so?

  • Reply fritha 24th March 2016 at 9:23 am

    great tips, I love having a smaller camera as well as my bulky DSLR for taking out and about with me. I don’t think I’ve heard much about the Lumix before but these pics are fantastic! x

  • Reply Azma Kulsoom 17th July 2017 at 7:27 am

    Really great trick, the strawberry couldn’t get better captured!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th July 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you!

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