Posted by: 6x6pix | April 28, 2009

Bringing New Meaning to “Moving Photos”

Esquire‘s June issue, coming to newsstands May 10, will feature a video still as its cover photo. Instead of shooting with a still camera, photographer Greg Williams shot 10 minutes of ultra-high-def video for Esquire with the RedONE, and excised the best frames for the cover shot and photos that accompany the feature story on Megan Fox.

This prompts Jason Kottke to speculate that “in 5-10 years, photography will largely involve pointing video cameras at things and finding the best images in the editing phase.”

Those of us who learned photography before digital cameras existed, and/or still shoot mostly film, might chuckle a little and think, “how lazy can you be?!” On the other hand, isn’t someone using burst mode (or its analog precursor, the motor drive) just trying to get film or video coverage out of a still camera?

A frame is a frame is a frame — it’s all pictures. Right? What do you think? If you had the equipment and the drive space for processing/storage, would you shoot this way?



  1. The motor drive was invented for 35mm photojournalism and sports, the idea being to allow photographs to be taken faster than the photographer could react. It’s also worth noting that both of those venues were always interested, and still are in the image and not the image quality. This has been further carried along by digital era as we all have become more and more accustomed to blurry pixels vs. crisp film grain.

    I have no doubt that as the digital age slows in still camera sales, it will scuttle to find some other venue to pixelate . I also believe that as that process rolls along to the tune of advertisement driven testimonials in revenue desperate publications, we will continue to see artists and the more discerning photographer continue to reject the “digital dumpster” and rally back to film.

    I choose to use my drive space to hold gigabytes of scanned 4×5’s.

  2. Yep, getting there, look at the Csio EX-FH20 on

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