Video and Hybrid Photography

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

Last year I wrote a few blog posts about shooting video and this year I plan to do a lot more. Video is out of my photography comfort zone so I keep returning to still photography. For a lot of photographers including me, taking photos is a way to observe a scene without having to interact with it. Video tends to be the opposite in that you have plan and direct the video more than in still photography. Scary, huh? It is for me.

In 2013 I did a lot of photography for the Facebook page that I manage for a local steam train preservation group in Portland, the SP&S 700 and decided to start shooting video along with the still images. After all, the billowing steam and the sound of the engine are the best thing about a steam train. Somebody suggested that I make a slide show with the stills and video of this year’s activity for the train.

When I put together the final show I realized that I am still shooting more still photos than video clips. In future posts I’m going to explain how I shot and put together the video and stills and what I learned along the way.

Mark.BWMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at Mark can be contacted at

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