I’m fully geared up for video, so why do I still shoot stills?

Canon EOS R5
(Image credit: Canon)

I had a friend at school who would never watch a black and white film, nor any film with subtitles. He was a smart guy – smarter than me – but this is where he drew the line. His argument was that by definition black and white had less visual information than color, and that having to read subtitles was a pointless additional effort. Both of these things, in my opinion, closed him off to a lot of important cultural discoveries, but that's how he felt.

So what’s this got to do with photography vs video? Well, in the same way that my friend thought it self-evident that color was innately superior to black and white, so it seems to me that many people seem to regard video as ‘more’ than stills.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com