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P9910565-4-EditLast week I held a workshop on how to use 4K video to shoot a model and grab a single frame from the 30 frames per second to produce the final image. In 4K video each frame is a slightly larger than eight megapixels, more than enough for online use and even prints up to 12×18 inches. Last year, I wrote a blog post about how to shoot 4K photos.

For this image of Sara I set my Panasonic GH4 in 4K Photo mode and the aspect ratio to 4:3 instead of the traditional 16:9 that video is shot in. I posed Sara in an open doorway. I stood outside so that the room behind her would be dark compared to the bright light from outside. The sun was above and slightly behind the building.

I asked Sara to move her head as I shot video. For this image I had her slowly raise her head from where the hat covered her eyes to where they were fully visible. In Adobe Lightroom I played back the video and hit pause when I saw both of her eyes come out from under the brim of the hat. I saved that frame in Lightroom and then converted it to black and white in Google Nik Silver Efex Pro.

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