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Old October 5th, 2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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Preset vs Post

Just interested in seeing the ratio of folks that determine the picture of the A1 in camera to the folks that determine the picture in post.

Currently, I am shooting flat with blacks stretched and knees low in order to get maximum latitude, the most detail I can get in both the bright and dark areas. Then, in post, I determine how much to crunch the blacks and/or bring up the whites. I find that saturation needs no adjusting as once I increase the contrast the colors look just right -- any more and it looks too much like video trying to look like film. :)

Anybody else care to share?
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Old October 5th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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I'll be doing the same as you when I shoot my film. Its the smartest way honestly unless your 100% sure you know what look you want and can get it perfect in camera. I prefer playing with my footage later to tweak it. Not that you can't later but when you do the in camera CC your options are limited. There's no getting data back from pure white or black areas. I love having that lattitude in post :)

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Old October 5th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #3
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OK I shoot horses. What I mean is that I film mostly at Dressage Events and my target market is the rider. I shoot with Steven Dempseys VIVIDRGB. Do no post correction and all my customers are very happy to see their favourite subject on DVD. (Themselves).
Guess it depends on your market and the best way to turn a profit keeping everyone happy.
I need to get my DVD'S to my customers asap. So the least time I spend at my computer the better.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 04:17 PM   #4
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I always screw with the colour/gamma etc in post so much that I always shoot flat.
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