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Log and Coloring relationship (2 replies and 1 comment)

Joshua Rictor
1 month ago
Joshua Rictor 1 month ago

Hello all, I have been wondering about this for some time. Personally I love to shoot in camera including lighting but I also know of the uses of log and especially in post, where I just completed coloring an entire documentary that included cinematic re-enactments. My question is this: 

With log, how much coloring is too much and when shooting log, how much should I try to do in camera? Is it based on the type of log or is that irrelevant?

Joshua Rictor
1 month ago
Joshua Rictor 1 month ago

Another Question: As a newer DP, how much should I rely on LUTs?

bargav92
2 weeks ago

Hi joshua,
I am a very new not yet a DP. Here is my two cents, LUTS do give a good Idea of how you contrast would be once you collapse down the image to 7 stops of latitude (like rec 709). Shooting on LOG in the monitor output without a lut can really throw you off your game - you can still rely on false colours and the vectorscopes - but personally i prefer to have an idea of the contrast by using some sort of LUT. if there is something that can make my life easier, then why not use it?

Dan Moran
1 month ago
Dan Moran 1 month ago

I'm a colourist and from my point of view try and do everything possible in-camera, the DI process is great for helping with consistency and working the texture to help the film flow but the best jobs I've worked on always come in looking amazing off the neg.

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