In Seattle we don’t just have hobos under our bridges. No, we also have Mountain Bike parks under there. Yes, our hobos are that athletic.
But anyway, I spent today hanging out with the crew from Chase Jarvis and shooting video with the Red Epic. We wanted to see if still images could be pulled from the video in a high enough quality to pass for professional photo work. Since a lot of the work at Chase Jarvis is active sports stuff, we needed to test active people to see if the motion blurred.
To do this you have to shoot at a high shutter speed, and a huge advantage of video for creating stills is also to shoot at high frame rates (we went up to 96fps) which is amazingly useful for capturing that perfect still moment on camera. Unfortunately, we also didn’t want to go past an 800 ISO as that lead to a little too much noise in the shot. To accomplish this high shutter, low ISO, high frame rate shooting style, we ended up using a generator with some 800W & 400W PAR HMIs. And I primarily handled the lighting aspect of the shoot.
There will be a post over at Chase Jarvis in the next week or so, and I’ll link to it then so you can see the final results. But l think the Epic handled the stills from high motion video challenge very well. It’d be difficult to do in a low light situation, or without powerful lights to boost the image, but it’s just another function of a pretty powerful tool.1 year ago