Do I need a Wratten filter?
Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:13 AM
this is certainly a rather newbish question and I hope you don't mind if I ask things like that now while I slowly accumulate all the things for my first attempts at 16mm...
I have bought some rolls of EXR 500T on Ebay quite cheap (hope they are still ok, but if they aren't they will at least suffice for some tests). I understand that it is common practice to use a Wratten 85 filter when shooting in daylight. Is this also necessary if I shoot on tungsten balanced negative stock in daylight and only want it transfered to digital? As negative film has this orange tint to it I reckon there has to be massive color correction in the transfer process anyway. So, can the conversion from daylight to tungsten be done during transfer or even afterwards without compromising the quality to much?
Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:38 AM
So, can the conversion from daylight to tungsten be done during transfer or even afterwards without compromising the quality to much?
...that being said I personally prefer to use the filters,
I love the packets, theres something romantic about them.
Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:59 AM
Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:44 AM
You actually could work with no filter if going to edit digital, if you don't mind the image - or want the image - to be a bit cold, bluish like, or work by sunrise/fall in the warm light, or by night (outside town). Also, even though you correct the whole image in post, some bluish will persist in the low lights (blacks, shadows) but some systems allow you to correct even more in the low lights.
Posted 26 June 2007 - 07:22 PM
That said, the latitude of most negative emulsions is enough that you can usually get away with this provided the film is well-exposed, and there isn't too great a brightness range in the scene. As lauren points out, you may need to colour-correct the shadows a little more than the overall balance.
The orange colour of negative stocks isn't a factor in any way: any scanning or transfer system is balanced to match that.
Posted 28 June 2007 - 12:17 PM
It is a very good idea to get the image as close as you can to what you want as a final image on the film while shooting.
Emergency situations such as lack of T stop are when you totally correct in post.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 11:52 AM