With the new HDSLR cameras, the technical quality of the frames the camera captures when shooting video is incredible. It looks like it is just a matter of time before HDSLR cameras can record RAW format moving images with no loss in quality compared to still images.
So the question is: In the future will photographers just record video and pull out frames from the video? That doesn’t really sound likely. But why? What is the difference between shooting stills and video? There was a good discussion of this on a recent episode of This Week in Photography with Frederick Van Johnson, Alex Lindsay, and Catherine Hall
Here is the gist of the discussion:
90% of the rules are the same for stills and video. But there is a different way of thinking to the two.
With stills you are chasing that decisive moment. You are trying to grab the perfect moment in time where everything is perfect, everything comes together. You are getting ready for it, you are waiting for it to happen.
That thought process doesn’t happen in video.
With video you are setting up the frame and you allow things to happen within the frame. You can’t move the camera around as fast as people are moving around. The viewer will get seasick.
You capture the action moving through the frame.
As a photographer you are going to follow, constantly framing your subject. As a videographer you are going to allow things to occur within the frame. A very different way of shooting and a different way of thinking.