I At Least Have A Starting Point For 4k

I’ve been toying with 4k video editing and discovered, to my amazement, that my iPhone 8 is capable of doing 4k video at either 30 fps or 60 fps.

My video recording options are improving. Both of my Nikon’s, the D750 and D810 are capable of recording HD video up to 60 fps, plus I have a Sony RX-100 II which actually makes a mean HD video at 60 fps. Plus, I have a Sony HD camcorder that records HD video at 30 fps, but it’s kind of obsolete as it was purchased 12 years ago when HD was first coming out.

The question though; is 4k video that important that I need to invest in a good 4k video camera? I haven’t reached the point where I want to drop money on that option, as most of my video is HD and plays quite well on the computer or on my HD televisions. I do have a Sharp 4k television, but it’s limited to 30 fps playback. I haven’t even tried playing a 4k video on it yet.

In all honesty, 4k has outstanding resolution but the need for it is limited. I know that 4k stock video is more in demand than HD stock video, but I’m not at the point where I’m going to augment my stock sales with video.

Here’s a clip I took at 4k, 30 fps and uploaded to YouTube. YouTube seems to handle it okay. It gives you an idea of the video quality from an iPhone 8, which is actually quite good from my view of the road. As I move forward into doing more video, which I’m definitely going to be doing, I at least have a starting point for 4k.

 

A Lost Cause?

iPhone Photograph of real cameras.

I take the time to browse the internet photography web sites a few times each week. I like to keep up with trends, new equipment, tips and such.

Here’s the thing though; and I’ve written about this in my “Consumerization of Photography” article a while back, mobile devices seem to have taken over the photography press world, at least the mainstream photography press.

Today for example…

DXO Mark, 12 of 15 camera articles on their welcome page relate to cell phones and/or mobile devices.

DP Review, over a dozen cell phone related articles featured on their welcome page but in all fairness they do talk about other subjects from time to time.

PetaPixel, at least 6 featured articles on their news page are related to smartphones and mobile devices.

So what does all of this mean?

To me it tells me that these sites have lost the plot. They’ve allowed stories of marginal photographic devices to supersede their original concept. To my way of thinking, mobile devices are not what photography is about. Sure, these devices contain cameras, but as photographic tools they are consumer goods and not really what the art is about.

This won’t be happening on my blog, I can promise you that much.

Though I may write about equipment or trends from time to time, my focus is going to be about sharing my life’s experiences as a photographer. My blog is about photography and how it relates to me and my world and hopefully you’ll find some common ground or interests with my interests.

I will not acquiesce to the consumerization and selfie world that has overtaken the photographic press these past few years. My advertising, what little there ever is, will be about me and what I have to offer and I’ll never sell out to Google, Amazon, Best Buy or Apple.

YAWN!

Mobile devices are useful but the images they make are MUZAK to my ears.

So long as I’m a photographer, my photography blog will be about the subject of photography, not commercial/consumerism or fanboyism.

I promise you.