Action Sports Photography with the Lumix GH5

April 05, 2017  •  1 Comment

As you change from simple photography skills to more advanced skills, learning how to stop the action has always been one of the biggest challenges. Shooting sharp sport photos and action photos is an important part of bringing your skills as a photographer to the next level. There has always been a huge learning curve for this skill and capturing sharp images require a certain understanding of camera settings and plenty of practice.

A 6K grab at high speed, making sure to never miss the exact moment.

After shooting with the new GH5 in 4K and 6K photo modes, I believe anyone can get tack sharp amazing results with out all the practice. So now what is 4K and 6K photo you might you be asking yourself? Well let me explain, 4K photo mode is 60 fps (frames per second) video recording that lets you pull 8MP stills images from and save back onto the your camera’s SD card or can be done in post.  6K Photo mode if just about the same but a larger file and will let you pull 18MP stills out of a short burst of 6K footage at 30fps.

6K 18 mega pixel grabs from a pre burst.

For traditional photo burst modes the GH5 will shoot 12 fps on focus locked and 9 fps with continuous AF. It does have a 100 shot raw buffer and never ending jpeg buffer. With all this the GH5 gets Panasonic’s Axis Dual IS II anti-shake system.

Continuous AF in RAW on a powder day in Smuggler Notch.

This in-body image stabilization system works in tandem with Panasonic’s wide range of optically stabilized lenses and 5 axis stabilization – great news whether you’re planning to shoot stills or looking for a stable video rig, if you’re planning to shoot handheld quite a bit. On another note in Ski/Snowboard photography the snow and cold temperatures are something I am constantly battling. Thankfully the GH5 if fully weather sealed, I have already buried this camera in snow and thawed the body and lens back out with no issues. Cold temperatures are another variable I have to work with on a daily basis and haven’t had any issues in sub zero temps.  All in all the GH5 makes my job easy, almost too easy. I am confident anyone can get amazing professional results without the learning curve.

The image above is taken from a 6K photo, each image is 18 mega pixels and I used about every 3rd image for this sequence.

Continuous AF shot in RAW along with a lot of snow on the camera.

Another 6K Still on the Stowe Parks wall ride.

  

4K photo in the Terrain Park.


Comments

Gary(non-registered)
Great shots and article. This camera with the weather sealing looks like a great option for skiing / boarding shots. How did you find the battery life in the cold. Also have you seen better C-AF performance with the new firmware? This camera is on my shortlist for my next purchase. Thanks.
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