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Respecting the exposure (1 reply and 4 comments)

sanghamithran
1 month ago
sanghamithran 1 month ago

Master Roger 

Do you think that contemporary cinematography style gravitate towards reliant on color grading to find the look after shooting like one would find the edit from footage to get themselves be revealed to the style of the movie.as one editor once said ("you write a movie , shoot another , edit another " , now I think color another) 

 this coupled with high dynamic range cameras and raw recording always saving when one doesn't care about light and respect it's exposure.

Can you discuss on your perspective , on this 

Sharing a photograph that I captured recently, which suddenly reminded me to respect exposure as I didn't had to pull and push highlights and shadows even though it was shot in raw , I don't know if the shot is any good as much it means to me. 

Can you share your perspective on respecting light and it's exposure , 

Hope I'm conveying the thought correctly ,

 

Thanks for the podcast , it's always educational.

 

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dmullenasc
1 month ago
dmullenasc 1 month ago

Raw/log is similar to a scan of a film negative, it is inherently flat but that's just because a viewing / display gamma (contrast) hasn't been applied, just as a negative has to be printed to be viewed and judged properly. So don't think about having to add contrast to a raw/log file as creative choice, though it can be, it's a basic part of how the system is designed, just like with negative/positive film, which was always intended to be a two-step process.

So beyond that technical issue, isn't photography always about creative use of light and exposure? And there's no rule that photography has to be high in contrast or heavily manipulated -- a "simple" image can be just as aesthetically rewarding as a complex one, in fact, often simple is better!

sanghamithran
1 month ago

Thanks master David ,yes I do get the log and raw part , but , what I was trying to say was Isn't pushing the shadows brighter and pulling highlights down so is changing the exposure curve, in the grading kind of not caring about the light ,
Example when you see films shot by cinematography masters like Gordon Willis , it seems like they didn't care about detail everywhere rather the feel of the light and respecting light through exposure

dmullenasc
1 month ago

There’s no right or wrong look out of context… detail everywhere, detail nowhere, it all depends on what you are trying to achieve artistically. Willis shot some scenes deliberately flat when it seemed to work dramatically and thematically.

sanghamithran
1 month ago

Oh now I getting what you are saying master David,
Can you mention the film's that shot by Master Gordon Willis , like deliberately flat.

dmullenasc
1 month ago

Not an entire movie, just some scenes.

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