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Waveform (5 replies and 4 comments)

KevinP
1 month ago
KevinP 1 month ago

Roger, do you use a waveform often? or other type of scopes?

Using a waveform, would it be better to use it while looking at a flat image or should you expose using it with a LUT image ?  Where would you be looking for skin tones / people? 40%?

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I don't use a waveform.

Thomas
1 month ago

I am really curious what you use to expose now! False color?

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

My meter!

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Still you are using manual meter?

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Is that so strange?

GurvirRiar
1 month ago

Roger do you recommend any specific types, brands, or models for a light meter?

Mitchell P
1 month ago
Mitchell P 1 month ago

Light meters are still useful in digital cinematography. It's great that there's so many ways to evaluate exposure now. 

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I use my regular Gossen Luna Pro. The wave form is useful when looking at the highlights but I really think it is better to train your eyes to judge contrast ratios and exposure. I once questioned the calibration of a monitor as I knew there was something wrong even when I was assured it had been checked and double checked. I exposed as I felt the image should be exposed and I was later proved correct.

Mitchell P
1 month ago

When you have a shot with a lot of contrast (such as very bright highlights with darker areas in the image) do you expose to protect the highlights from clipping? I had a shot like this once and exposed to protect the highlights from clipping (I don't like the look of clipped highlights) and raised the shadow areas in post. I'm wondering what others are doing in these situations.

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