HDR Monitoring for Colorists Explained

Jun 8, 2019

Now that high dynamic range (HDR) video is becoming a production reality, monitors need HDR capability to correctly show the contrast range of the images. In these early days of HDR products, there are different HDR standards and even different approaches to the underlying technology within the monitors themselves. Interestingly, manufacturers also approach UHD/4K and HD HDR displays differently. “The primary concern with HDR monitoring is how well the dynamic range is handled,” states Hugo Gaggioni, chief technology officer for Sony Imaging Products and Solutions America. “The monitors must support the brightest highlights and deepest blacks—this is why exceptional contrast ratio capability is so important in HDR applications.”

This article from TV Technology, "Monitors Move Carefully Toward HDR", by Bob Kovacs, will help you grasp the advances made and, where the future lies for monitoring your grading projects in HDR - https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/monitors-move-ca...

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Achieving Beautiful Skin Tones Easily

Jun 4, 2019

Previously posted back in September of last year, this blog is still highly relevant - enjoy a second helping of it.

Skin tones are a hot topic in Lightroom and Photoshop, but there are fewer resources for videographers who need to get them correct just as much. Here's how you can get beautiful skin tones in Adobe Premiere Pro, every time.

It's startling just how much skin tones affect photographs and videos. A technically perfect image can have so much of its impact stripped if the tones of the subject's skin is either too magenta, or too green. The more you become aware of the problem, the bigger the problem becomes and soon you can't look at an image without checking what the skin looks like.

With photographs, Photoshop and Lightroom have a wealth of tutorials, both written and in video format. There are also lots of action sets and presets to achieve better skin tones very quickly. However, with videography it's of course slightly more difficult. For one, you can't as easily do localized color adjustments to the skin as you can in still images. So in essence, the tones are achieved by color grading of sorts.

In this video by Cody Blue, we're shown a comprehensive and highly effective way of achieving those beautiful skin tones we all want, using only Adobe Premiere Pro.


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The Look And Feel of Kodak 5201

May 24, 2019

Introduced in 2005, Kodak 5201 is a low-speed daylight negative film stock with an expansive dynamic range that delivers more detail in shadow areas, even in high contrast situations. Advances in grain and sharpness provide an ultra-clean, detailed image in any lighting condition.

Movies such as The Master (2012), Snow White & The Huntsmen (2012), Cowboys and Aliens (2011), Julie and Julia (2009) and TV series The Mentalist (2015) and Boardwalk Empire (2014) were shot on Kodak 5201. Check out this sample video to see how DFS Kodak 5201 from LookLabs can help you achieve an amazing finish.


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Four Common Color Grading Mistakes To Avoid

May 22, 2019

A lot goes into making a video look professional, and one of the final and most important steps is the color grade. It's easy to make a mistake here, and this great video will highlight four such missteps that new videographers often make when it comes time to color grade. This helpful video from Chrystopher Rhodes and YCImaging will show you four mistakes new videographers commonly make when they color grade their work. Color grading is an important step, as it's both rather technical and a chance to add your artistic signature and to further solidify your signature style. As such, it's especially important to give it lots of careful attention.

Of the mistakes, perhaps the most common one is simply going over the top with the grade. It can be quite easy to go from stylized to garish, even for more seasoned editors. It's a great idea to step away from your computer after you finish your grade for an hour or even a night, then re-watch your footage with fresh eyes. Less is often more in this case.

Check out this video for more helpful tips!


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The Look and Feel of Fuji Eterna250D

May 17, 2019

First introduced in 2006, Fuji Eterna 250D delivers ample sensitivity, super shadow quality and extremely natural facial tones. " What I love about Fuji film stocks in general is its unique personality. Skin tones are always beautiful with a natural orange accent. You can't go wrong with Eterna 250D" states lead LookLabs colorist Jeff August. "As well, the blues have subtle hues of green creating a very pleasing finish". This stock has warm smooth colors and consistent gradation, enabling extremely natural facial tones.

Movies such as Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Abduction (2011), Captain Phillips (2013), The Butler (2013) and The Hurt Locker (2008) to name a few were shot on Eterna 250D. Check out this sample video to see how DFS Eterna 250D from LookLabs can help you achieve an amazing finish.

Visit looklabs.net to learn more about SpeedLooks and the professional color finish you can achieve. DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button.


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