Tutorial on how to use picture styles to increase the dynamic range of the Canon 7D / 5DMkII.
Custom picture styles are an amazing feature that almost compensate for the lack of a raw codec for video capture on the Canon DSLRS. The default picture styles on the camera are geard towards producing nice results out of the box but are not very good if you intend to do color correction and grading in postprocessing. This tutorial shows how to use custom picture styles that produce very flat, high dynamic range footage (similar to real film cameras).
If you have problems downloading them, you can get them from here in one package (crnkovic.org/video/picture_styles.zip). I do however recommend that you get them from the original sources and read the forum posts/blog posts associated with them.
The final example footage was shot handheld (Zacuto rapid fire + zfinder) at Skogskyrkogården cemetery in Stockholm. I scouted the place for a possible future shoot and the footage I shot was never meant for release - it did however come handy in this tutorial as it was all shot using the super flat picture style.
there is so much you can say with each image but how do you make the most out of it? we often talk about layers in a film and color is a powerful storytelling tool that can completely change the look and feel of a piece. in this tutorial we look at color in camera as we go through white balance, white shift, picture styles along with some tips and tricks on how to use them to say something with your image straight out of the camera.
there is so much to say about color so we decided to split it up into two tutorials, in camera and in post. all footage shown in this tutorial is straight out of the camera with no post color work. check back soon for part two of the color tutorial, color in post, later this month.
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the soundtrack is 'the leaves' by cars & trains, licensed through withetiquette.com
This is one shoot from a music video I made in Greece. (they wanted a plastic look)
Original footage shot on a Canon 7D with the new Technicolor Cinestyle picture style for Canon dslr's (1280x720 50p - Canon 50mm 1.4)
Stage 1: Footage slow down to 50% and then 10% by using Twixtor plug-in for After Effects CS5.
Stage 2: Masked the eyes in AE CS5 and adjusted levels and boosted color vibrance.
Stage 3: Applied Technicolor CineStyle LUT to original RAW Technicolor footage.
Stage 4: Rotoscoped the subject from the background in AE CS5 and then adjusted levels to give a HDR look, also applied Red Giant's DeNoise plug-in.
Stage 5: Made final color correction in Apple Color.