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Old November 7th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #1
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which do you think looks best?

I am doing a little short with a friend ( he is not a actor) to test how I should light my letus fe/ Canon hx A1 combo indoors. I am mainly using (2) 500 watt softboxes . For the next interior shot I will add a 600 watt spot light with a dimmer for a hair light. I just want to know, which frames look better ( the ones with or the ones with out curve adjustment) ?

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Old November 7th, 2007, 06:42 AM   #2
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I like the ones on the right with the darker blacks.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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Hi Paul. In general the adjusted pics are more vibrant, but beware of overdoing it. Looks lto me like some of the highlights are blown out a bit. (Might just be this laptop but worth checking.)

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Old November 7th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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I have to agree that the crushed blacks look the best, but I have found that sometimes I get a little too carried away with color grading. Subtle is often the best, and I think you have successfully accomplished that in this case.

I vote the ones on the right. ;-)
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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #5
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definitely the right caught my eye as well

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Old November 7th, 2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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I Like Extremes
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Old November 7th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #7
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Not a bad improvement, makes it a little easier to look at.

Bear in mind you can get this kind of look in-camera, before you go down to HDV compression/color space when it records to tape. Saving you some render time in post and maybe even getting a higher quality result.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 03:49 PM   #8
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I wouldn't call this extreme. I think it looks great! If I hadn't have seen the other images this one wouldn't stand out. I would still consider this somewhat of a subtle grade - if I were to write my own little book of definitions. :-P
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