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    Default Deciding on the color grading before or after a shoot?

    Hi everybody,
    I've done a couple of short films and I would love to get some thoughts when it comes the actual planning of the color grading before a shoot. Sometimes I hear filmmakers say that they shoot in flat/log, and in post-production decides how the final color look will be like.
    Does anybody here do it differently? Meaning that you decide the color-look before the shoot?

    If so, what's your process? Do you go to location and shoot/grade some test-shots? Adjust the lighting depending on the look? Adjust camera-settings?

    I usually shoot with RED, DSLRs and smartphones.

    Any input is appreciated!

    Best regards,
    Sergio

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    Are you doing for free?


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    In my experience, this usually depends on the camera. For example I still use my Canon T2i for some shoots, and in this case, I have to go with a lot of the color in camera, cause it looks better to go with what you want in camera, rather than adding it after.

    But I've also used the Sony A7sII, which has S-log 3 format of shooting, and that one, you can shoot flat, and retain more information compared to the color on the Canon T2i.

    So in my opinion, it depends on the cameras shooting format, and how much information is retained.


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    If you want a certain look, you should use set design, styling and light to create your color palette.

    How far you can push the footage with grading really depends on the footage: 8-bit or 14-bit makes a lot of difference.
    But also the type of compression can limit your options, since higher compression will show artifacts earlier (just like lower bit-depth).

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    But I've also used the Sony A7sII, which has S-log 3 format of shooting, and that one, you can shoot flat, and retain more information compared to the color on the Canon T2i.

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    S-log in 8 bit isn't that great for grading. It often causes banding on low contrast surfaces.


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    Yeah I've noticed that too on some shots. Perhaps it's best to color grade to an extent in camera then for most cameras, and this whole shooting flat thing, isn't as good as made out to be?


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