Stills from 4K: How Many Megapixels Does it Take to Make a Great Wedding Album?

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

Wedding photographer and planet5D reader Alexandru has the happy clients to prove it: still captures from 4K video at 9 megapixels can be just as effective as dedicated still camera capture at twice that resolution and more.

Sometimes more is better — think Ansel Adams and 4×5 view cameras like his Arca-Swiss.

Then again, sometimes less is more — think Sony A7s’ spectacular low light performance from its 12 megapixel sensor, or the fact that even Ansel Adams eventually went to 6×6 and back to 35.

In either case, it’s ultimately about purpose, audience and artistry.

So it should come as little surprise to most planet5D readers that for reliving the moments and emotions on a wedding day, artistry in this instance trumped specifications at sizes up to A3 (11.7” x 16.5”). The Still Light team used a Canon 5D Mk II for the pure stills, and a pair of Panasonic GH4's with the Panny 12-35 2.8; Nikon 17-50 2.8; Nikon 35 1.4; Nikon 50 1.4; and both Metabones Speed Booster and plan adapters to capture both video and stills extraction.

Oh – and by the way – congrats to Dana and Marius on their wedding along the beautiful Danube River.

Dana & Marius wedding on Danube River

Message from Alexandru:

Hi, I read an article about still images extracted from high resolution video. If you are interested we have a full event shot this way. Half of the images were extracted from 4K, the other half shot on a Canon full frame camera.

For more details please visit: www.still-light.eu/dana-marius-wedding-on-danube-river

Our clients were delighted and on normal print size (A3) they cold not see any differences between pictures extracted from 4K or from the dedicated still camera.

With best regards, Still Light team

Stills from Dana & Marius wedding on Danube River

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See more photos in their album “Dana & Marius wedding on Danube River”

(cover photo credit: snap from Still Light team)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
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