Q&A With CSI President Kevin Shaw

Jul 12, 2019

It was a long time coming, but colorists finally got their own professional society in 2016, with the founding of the Colorist Society International. The CSI calls itself an “educational and cultural resource” for the industry, and invites professional colorists, DITs, telecine operators, restoration artists and color scientists to join.

Launched at NAB 2016, the organization had more than 100 members after four months and now counts 197 regular members on its roster along with four CSI fellows — Dale Grahn, Lou Levinson, Charles Poynton and President Kevin Shaw. In this Q&A from Studio Daily and Bryant Fraser, Kevin talks about the role of the colorist, the organization’s mission, and the future of the profession.... https://www.studiodaily.com/2019/06/qa-colorist-so...

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LUTs Are Simply Not A Quick Fix

Jul 7, 2019

Look Up Tables (aka LUTs) are additional tools that expand your capabilities when creating and saving color grading of your footage. But, exactly what is a LUT? Put simply, a LUT holds a set of defined data in numbers (a mathematical formula), which are ‘looked up’ by the software you’re using to change the input values of colors, saturation, brightness and contrast in the footage from your camera. In other words, a LUT is a conduit/code to transform color (RGB) input values from your camera to different color (RGB) output values to give your.

Check out this very informative article from Camera Jabber and writer Steve Fairclough. You'll learn all about LUTs, their purpose, the different types and much more. Here's the link: https://camerajabber.com/what-is-a-lut-in-video/

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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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