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Hi-Res Video Stills Replacing Traditional Photography?

Okay, I’ll admit it was pretty obvious what first caught my eye in this capture: obviously those platform stilettos are difficult to walk in.

In all seriousness, though, what’s interesting is that this Esquire magazine cover was not photographed in the traditional SLR way.

Rather than click and endless series of stills, photographer Greg Williams shot the cover with the 4K Red ONE video camera. Fox essentially acted out a scene for 10 minutes, the best moment of which will appear on the June 2009 cover. (Not to be wasteful of Megan Fox footage, the video will also be uploaded to Esquire’s site, of course.)

Frames-per-second is one of those metrics of value for a high-end dSLR. Dabbling in action photography myself, I could easily fill up a 4 GB card in a short amount of time. When using burst-fire from an SLR, it’s all about continuously shooting and hoping you’ll get something good later on. My 20D only grabs about 3-fps. The latest dSLRs can get upwards of 8-fps.  So transitioning to video seems to be the natural progression.  Why stop at 8-fps when you can grab a full 24-, 30-, or 60-fps?

What does this mean for the future of traditional photography?  What do you think?

via Gizmodo


April 27, 2009 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , ,


  1. WooHoo!!!

    Spend $10k and you are guaranteed to get one keeper.

    Sign me up… 😉

    Comment by Bernie | April 27, 2009

  2. I’ve wondered about this for a while myself. Burst mode has really been primitive video all along. But I guess photography could still have a place in more discreet scenarios.

    Comment by emilio | May 1, 2009

  3. I just came back from a wedding where the Photographer doubled as the Videographer also.

    On guy did stills while the other did motion capture.

    Comment by Bernie | May 3, 2009

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