Three years ago, professional photographer John Wright made the jump to becoming a videographer and has never looked back. In our interview he talks about how these two worlds have collided

Many stills photographers do remain sniffy about video, preferring to fiercely maintain the divide between the still image and the moving one as though they were completely unconnected pursuits.

However, like it or not, stills and video are converging, with more and more cameras capable not just of capturing both, but of excelling at it. Panasonic’s 4K equipped CSCs and the phenomenally popular Canon 5D DSLRs are most prominently bridging the gap between the two.

Indeed, the 4K Photo Modes on Panasonic models, which extract 8MP stills as “photographs” from continuous 4K footage, bring up questions as to what exactly constitutes the act of taking a photograph any more.

It was with questions and issues like these in our minds that we sat down to talk with professional videographer and photographer John Wright. Though in truth calling him by those two titles is innacurate, as he insists that, really, it’s all one and the same.

Click the video above to watch our interview with John and see whether you agree with him. It’s interesting stuff, no question, and emphasises just what an exciting time it is to be an amateur videographer at the moment.

Just as once being a digital photographer was considered a niche and now is ubiquitous, John believes that in a few years’ time asking a professional photographer whether they shoot video will be almost as redundant as asking whether they use a camera.

John made the “move” from stills to video, such as it was, three years ago, and since has never looked back.

‘This is what this photographer is now,’ he says. ‘I make images, and now in the 21st century, they move as well as stay still.’

You can find out more about John and his work over at his website: johnwrightphoto.com. If you’re feeling inspired to get filmmaking, remember that you’ve still got time to enter our Amateur Filmmaker of the Year competition. Details here.

  • Mike Alexander

    I do like not having to tape over the little red button so I don’t accidentally press it 😉 All the best to you too Liz, it’s the originality of each of us and our preferences that makes life interesting!

  • Liz Hammond

    Obviously you are not alone in your desire for a stills only camera – Nikon have seen a niche in the market & produced a great camera that also satisfies that demand.
    As I understand it the df uses technology that is perfectly capable of shooting video, but has not had it included. There are only a few cameras being produced at the moment that don’t have video, so choosing that route limits your choice (that is probably a relief given the vast number of cameras to chose from!).
    From my point of view, so long as the video capabilities don’t compromise the stills, & you only want to shoot stills, why would care about the video mode. Just don’t use it. Personally I certainly wouldn’t want to end up paying a premium price to get a camera with out one.
    Clearly our artistic voyages are set on very different routes. I like to explore many different creative techniques across multiple media – everything I have learnt informs & improves the rest & that is my path to excellence. You prefer to focus on a single media & will to get to excellence that way. Different routes but we are headed for the same destination. So good luck on the journey.

  • Mike Alexander

    I actually don’t care where the herd are moving. I have zero interest in videography. If people want a photographer I’m happy to take the work. if they want a videographer, look elsewhere. As for all cameras having video, the Df I use is a new camera where video was specifically NOT included for those of us who aren’t interested. If that limits the people I can work for, fine. I have no problem with that. I aim to be excellent at what I do and not at what I’m not interested in/can’t do, nor do I wish to be average at a number of things.

  • Liz Hammond

    Moving images are everywhere – posters on the underground are now flat screens, busses have them, bins have them. Demand commercially must be booming. Not so many people shoot moving images and hundreds of millions of people are shooting stills. It sounds to me like a savvy professional photographer is going to move into video. You’re more likely to get seen and you will be fulfilling the commercial demands.

    I wouldn’t buy a digital camera or mobile phone for that matter that didn’t have movie functionality. For how much longer will manufactures be producing digital cameras that don’t have a movie mode?

    There will always (I hope) be a place for still imagery. Its demise has often been exaggerated. I don’t think videography will replace photography either. However, I think what John Wright is saying is correct too: in the future to be a professional photographer, you will have to be able to shoot moving images because your clients will expect it.

    As and amateur why wouldn’t you want to give it a try? Isn’t that what we do? Look at what successful photographers are doing, learn from them, experiment with the ideas & techniques we see & use this to lead us on our own creative voyage to develop our own style?

  • Mike Alexander

    Actually I don’t think videography will replace photography but, in any case, I don’t care as I will never be a videographer. Always a photographer. Cameras with video? I bought a Nikon Df which has no video.