Trey T wrote in post #11363140
I believe it helps to understand what "dynamic range" is. When you understand it, you'll get a better idea about picture setting. but shooting flat will gain more details in black, increasing dynamic range.
I shoot as a hobby mostly and I try to get away from color grading. I shoot standard w/ -2 contrast and -2 sharpness.
Thanks Trey, now things are starting to make sense now. Since I am so used to photography and used Raw in post processing. So increasing the dynamic range of the footage makes is more pliable for post processing.
lecherro wrote in post #11364101
NinoColor Grading is an industry in itself. It can be a whole specialized career. I have never heard of the advanced flat setting and not sure what Ren is speaking of. Not that Ren is wrong I just have never heard those terms. A lo depends on what program you will be using to grade. I use the Final Cut Pro Suite and have access to a program called "Color". it is a very powerful grading program I dont really speak its language for many reason but have begun to explore the possibilities in it. I would suggest you find the program you want to use. Final Cut / After Effects / Soby Vegas / Avid / and many others, learn the way that program grades color and go from there. Start by making white look white and black look black. Then move on to playing with Gamma (Gray) levels. From there you can evvolve to more complicated techniques. How to do all that depends on the program you select and how you decide to go about it. Color Grading is an Art. it is subjective. Have fun.
I believe you lecherro, I think its like being a photoshop wizard in photography.
Thanks for the link: its so informative and funny.
lecherro wrote in post #11364923
After watching the video Ren Linked too I understand the questions a bot better. Thank you Ren, Awesome vid. I can really only answer one question #2. The advantage of shooting flat is that in video Once you cross the barrier of Black or White the image is lost. A lot of people like the "Crushed blacks" look ie "Black Hawk Down" If you crush your video and oversaturate during shooting, If you want to scale back the effect you cannot. If you shoot flat you can grade the video to get that look, then if its too much you can scale it back a bit. you have more room to play with the image. If you shoot something over 100 IRE n a scope Its white, there is no getting the picture to come back, Same goes with black. But if I shoot to 85 or 90 IRE i can push the image to blowout the white or black.
Now, this is the very reason why I posted this. I recently shot a film for my personal learning. I am a newbie in this field and I want learn the in's and out's of this.
I use Final Cut Pro and I tried playing around with color. But like what Lecherro said, crushing the blacks and blowing the whites makes it very hard to process because I lost a lot of information/details already. Unlike RAW images, I have at least a full step over and underexposed to play with.. Now I feel like shooting in Jpeg's the whole time doing videos. Also, color correcting as far as white balance is so hard to achieve once you messed it up already. This is why I wondered how stillmotion/vincent laforet works retain so much information even shooting at wide open and not blow whites or crush blacks. Now I know a little bit. hehehe
Now, this just opened a whole new set of knowledge for me. This is going to be fun..
Thank so much for the help guys. If anybody have more stuff to toss in, please don't hesitate to share..