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#1 Francesco Glavina

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:58 AM

Sometimes when you shoot you want to underexpose a scene.

The problem with Dslr is the great amount of noise in the shadows when exposure is not perfect, and other little problems.

What's your workflow with this?

Thanks to all that answer...


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#2 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 07:28 AM

Take it down in post..


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 08:45 AM

I shot fairly conventionally.

 

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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 05:13 PM

I would suggest using a conservative ISO rating like 100-400 ISO and exposing for the look that you want. There will be noise if you use a high ISO rating or try to bring up the dark shots in post. So if there is any possibility that you will want to lighten the shot later, then do as Robin says and expose brighter than you want the final image to look since it is easier to darken a shot in post than it is to bring it back up.

 

That said, when shooting with DSLRs or other cameras with highly compressed recording formats, I try to shoot as close to the final look in-camera as possible so that the footage goes through a minimum of transcoding steps. These 7D frames are from a short I shot called 'Leonard's Girlfriend is Dead' about five years ago. We used Neutral picture profile, these are straight out of the camera.

 

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#5 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 05:16 PM

For 5D/7D work I generally used the Cinestyle color profile from Technicolor and use their suggested method of ISO in multiples of 160. 


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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:14 PM

I'm very cautious about low-contrast setups for cameras which heavily compress the image. It leads to additional noise.


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#7 Jon Kline

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 07:25 PM

Keep your contrast reasonable and expose to the right. With DSLRs, you'll also want to keep the sensor cool. If you can power down between takes, or alternate between two camera bodies, you can lose a lot of the fixed pattern noise.


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#8 Francesco Glavina

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 06:12 PM

Very good suggestions. That's what I mean.
Thanks Satsuki for your workflow. Jon Kline, interesting this cool sensor tip. Never hear befreo referred to the noise. I'll try.

Edited by Francesco Glavina, 28 January 2016 - 06:15 PM.

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