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Part 2 of series on Shooting / Grading RED


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#1 Leandro Marini

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:57 PM

Hi all,

Part 1 of my series on shooting and grading RED was more sucsessful than expected, lots of positive feedback. Keep the questions coming.

Part 2 is up and it focuses on "Hitting the sweet spot in the negative" :

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#2 morten forsberg

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:45 PM

hey, nice blog and interesting sample images.

id like to discuss the notion of "where the skintones live".
it seems to me that keeping the skintones around 30 on the waveform (if you want them to read normally exposed in the end) is somehow contradictory to the ETTR rule of thumb.

If we imagine a scene with normal contrast safe within the range of the camera, and with no really bright highlights, (for example the scene with the girl at her desk without the bright spots of the pratical lamps) then the ETTR technique would place the skintones a fair bit higher on the waveform

Ive never really liked the idea that I should overexpose for a "thick" waveform if I intend the scene to look normal or dark in the end, and this blog is the first time I read any advise (at least from postproduction people) that agrees with this.

does anyone have any thoughts about this, or have experienced the "plastic looking" skintones from overexposing on the Red?


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