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It’s been a little over a month since I first started shooting with Panasonic’s Lumix GH4 and I’m already convinced that the unit’s 4K Photo mode is a feature I’ll never again be able to live without. 4k Photo tips

Having the capacity to shoot multiple video shorts and then select the frame that best captures the action makes the challenge of photographing fast-paced activity a breeze. 4k Photo tips

However, having taken the GH4 into the rainforest, onto the beach, to the golf course, and out onto the water; as well as to a beach bar or two – we’re currently travelling through the Caribbean so it would be rather rude not to – I’ve picked up a few insights into how best to capture action in 4k Photo mode.

After my trials and errors, here are my 4k Photo tips to help you capture the most memorable moments of your adventures.

PREPARATION IS KEY – BUT SOMETIMES WINGING IT WORKS JUST AS WELL

 

The more time you can spend constructing your shot in your head, the better it is likely to be.

Since receiving the Lumix GH4 I have found that I am beginning to take note of opportunities to utilise the 4k Photo feature as I explore the island. Then, I start to consider how best to capture the images I’m curating in my head, and go back to the location and shoot the scene.

However, photography can be a very fluid medium where preparation and planning have no effect on the outcome.

For example, when walking on the beach at sunset I was fortunate enough to capture a rider and his steed galloping though the waves. The ease at which I could switch over to 4K Photo mode and the simplicity of just pointing the lens at the action and hitting record, allowed me to live the action as it happened.

THINK ABOUT THE RESULTING IMAGE IN TERMS OF LIGHT

 

Light. It’s a factor that affects all forms of photography. However 4K Photography is particularly dependant on lighting conditions because of the speed of the movement we’re trying to capture.

When you’re contemplating a shot one of the first things you should consider is the light, and how best to capture it with the equipment you’ve got with you.

Brighter lenses (those with a greater maximum aperture), are ideal for 4K Photography and my Panasonic Lumix GH4 is compatible (or has adaptors for) a wide range of lenses which makes it a great choice for budding 4K Photo photographers.

DON’T JUST POINT AND SHOOT AND KEEP SHOOTING – USE LOOP RECORDING

 

While the GH4’s 4K Photo mode makes capturing fast-paced action and fleeting moments a breeze, the resulting reels of 4K Video can be overwhelming if you simply point and shoot for long periods of time to capture multiple moments.

I’ve found that the optimum shooting time is between 15 and 25 seconds. Any more and you’ll find that your memory card soon fills up, and that you struggle to find the moment of action during playback.

REVIEW YOUR VIDEO SHORTS AS SOON AS YOU CAN

 

The GH4 has a handy touch-sensitive, flip screen that acts as a great viewfinder during shooting.

I’ve found that I get the best results when reviewing my footage immediately if the circumstances allow – e.g. I have control of the action and it’s not naturally occurring – as I can scroll through the frames and pin-point whether or not the action I’ve captured will translate into a creative and appealing still frame.

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As I continue to explore Nevis with my Lumix GH4 I’ll be adding more of my 4K Photo tips to help budding photographers like myself make better use of their equipment. In the meantime, if you’ve some helpful insights to share leave a comment below!

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11 Responses

  1. Vanessa

    This has me inspired to think of adding a new camera to my travel wish list. Capturing action shots with justice is such a tricky thing to do but this looks like it can help you along the way.

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  2. Claudia

    I’m always looking to learn more about photography – thanks for your great tips. Your photos do a very good selling job on the 4K photography. How much is the Lumix GH4?

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  3. Wandering Carol

    I’m so technically deficient when it comes to photography – and I’m reliant on a point and shoot while concentrating mainly on colour and composition. That said, the more obsessed I become with Instagram, the more I know I need to upgrade so thanks for the tips.

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  4. Jenna

    Great tips–I love the tip about planning out your shots before hand. This camera keeps sounding more and more appealing every time I read about it!! I love the shots you captured! Especially the golf shot–amazing!

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  5. Toccara

    These are great shots… and great tips! We’re currently on the hunt for a new camera and I’d love to be able to enhance my photography skills and capabilities, especially with 4K.

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  6. chrysoula

    I don’t know what to say I don’t have this camera, unfortunately, but judging from your photos just incredible! They seem so live and from what I read it is easy to use. I would love to read more about what it can do in your next posts. Maybe my next camera?

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  7. Stefan

    We’re big on our videography and use the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 to date, but now she’s given up and needs replacement… What’s the photography like on the GH4 – ie what’s the optical zoom like?

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