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Old October 18th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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Which 4x4 glass filter for yellow image?

I want to shoot a music videoclip in soft yellow tones (I use an XL2). I am planning on buying a matte-box and I wonder which 4x4 filter will do the job properly. Without costing much of course...
Or is altering the white balance a better option?
Anyone a hint? Thanks!
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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #2
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Hi Rob,

If you've got lots of light, you could go the Matte-box route, or simply screw on a Tiffen filter. Just be sure you have lots of light, otherwise you'll lose resolution and fight the grainy problem. But I'd see if I could make color balance work for me. Rather than misadjusting the white balance, adjust the color presets and you should be able to get far better effects than you ever could using a filter or white balance - your XL-2 shines in this department!

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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply Michael!
I'll give it a shot with adjusting the red, green and blue.
Thanks again!
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Old October 18th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #4
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IMHO, there is a better route whilst using the pre-sets is better than using a filter, better still is shooting it normal and adding the tint in post.

When you use a filter or a pre-set you have what you have, when you do color correction in post you have control and can manipulate the look to your satisfaction.

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Old October 18th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #5
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I'm with you there, Bill. You just have so much more control in Post!

The thing is, I might think "I want this part to be yellowish," but only realize when I look at it later that I didn't really want a flat, yellowish cast, I wanted the highlights to be yellowish. And I probably wanted more contrast and crushed blacks. And I also want the dark areas to be bluish. Oops, can't do that - the dark areas are already yellow because that's the way I shot it. Hmm...
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Old October 18th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #6
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By the way, who makes 4 x 4 glass filters. I use Tiffen acrylic ones and they scratch so easily.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 09:40 AM   #7
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By the way, who makes 4 x 4 glass filters. I use Tiffen acrylic ones and they scratch so easily.
Here's the Square & Rectangular Filters start page at B&H. You can choose "Color Conversion," "Special Color Effects," etc., but then choose 4x4 from the left column to narrow the list.

Or, you might want to start on the various home pages of the manufacturers to find what you want.

Formatt
http://www.formatt.co.uk/home/default.asp

Lee
http://leefiltersusa.com/

Schneider
http://www.schneideroptics.com/

Tiffen
http://www.tiffen.com/

Cokin
http://www.cokin.com/
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