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Hello guys 'n gals,
threw some stills from some recent work online. Some of them aren not yet transformed/graded properly but I would love to hear your thoughts on it!
Now I come to think of it: every shot on there is either natural and practical light or a mixture. It's all from personal no-budget projects.
I think your shots are well composed and exposed. I very much like your shots in the car. They are close and intimate. Yes, a lot of natural lighting, but that's not a bad thing. A couple of the shots in the hospital might have been aided by a little fill light of one kind or another. Just a little dark on their faces I think. Love the shot in front of the refrigerator. Just great use of that light. Just for fun I've attached a slight color grading of one scene. Hope I don't offend. I love to play around with colors and see how it affects the mood of a shot. cheers.
Yikes! Don't know what happened. Strange artifacts when I uploaded. Just ignore it.
I hope this try comes out ok.
Haha! Well done! I like it 🙂
Mind you, this shot was one of bad transforms. Actually, more than half the shots are still earlier versions of the LUT I've been designing for months now.
The earlier version had its black a bit too black. The new version is better. The reverse shot of the shot you corrected is the final version. If I apply that one to the shot you corrected, it almost looks identical 🙂
Thank you for the kind words, interest and advice!
Same for the hospital shots. The final LUT reveals more detail the blacks. Yes some more fill.. I have been thinking about it as well.. but I don\'t know.. I think in the context of the scene it might work.. the scene had to feel like a dream, an illusion so I took the lighting towards the extreme lol.. that and also, I didn't have any other lamps beside the practical (which is an enclosure that is mounted in my home lol) and the projector :p
I corrected the transforms for the rest of the images. All of them have just the LUT applied. No grading/color correction.
I thought the lighting was great for most of the shots. The interior hallway shot where the guy is sitting down listening to music felt a little flat. I think it would have been more visually interesting if you covered/flagged some of the ceiling fixtures nearest the camera to darken that side and create more contrast.
That's exactly what my intent was, but I literally had no flags nor c-stands and the security guy didn't allow me to put tape on the walls/fixtures. So I placed him in such a way that the side of his face (facing the camera) catched less light compared to the front side of his face/nose. You can detect it in the wide shot, there's a shadow above him on the wall. And if you look closely at the shadow on the wall that is cast by his head you'll notice that the strongest light on him is actually a kind of side/back light. There's another light that is front lighting him a bit and that's the one I was trying to dim a bit but yeah.. compromises :p
Also: they haven't been color corrected yet and I have been thinking about increasing the contrast slightly which would make it a bit more punchy. It's from a project that is still a work in progress. Good of you to point it out; I'll be thinking about it when I'm finishing it!
Thanks for the kind words and interest! 🙂