I first loaded the Technicolor Cinestyle profile onto my Canon Rebel T3i (now discontinued... thanks technology!) because that's what you're supposed to do. Or so I was told in reading and reading and reading more about what you're supposed to do with your in-camera settings. Let's debunk something:
Flat profiles are not necessary. They do allow for more wiggle room when you pull out your jumbo pack of crayons in post, but they are not necessary. Art is subjective.
For any of you that have read a post where I solicit feedback on a color grade, like yesterday's, then you know I'm a huge proponent of plans fail for lack of counsel. I don't always quote that proverb, but it's my lifeline. If we're meant to create to serve others, then it stands that we should cultivate the opinions of others in rounding out our projects. </endsoapbox>
For that budding filmmaking, these are some of the hard lessons I've learned about coloring your footage, and I hope to release you from all of the hoopla that surrounds your coloring journey.
1. RAW is your friend.
I used to shy away from RAW. I didn't know what it was. Let me clear up any confusion right now: RAW allows for a lot of wiggle room when you sit down with your paint brushes. It allows those really flat images to take on a whole new look, if you so choose. Note: I consistently get folks who like the flat look. Why? Art is subjective.
Now, what (sometimes) is our default reaction to approving an event from "outsiders" in using our space? No. What (sometimes) is our default response to learning a new tool? Fear. I grapple with this every day. When we allow anything other than God's validation to fill our lives, we leave room for the enemy to sow his favorite tool: fear. I have to battle fear when calling strangers and asking for honest feedback. I have to battle fear when asking my friends and loved ones for more help with another shoot. I have to battle the fear that I'm not the man for this ministry, but you know what? My God is bigger than my limitations, self-imposed or otherwise. Same of yours - don't let fear hold you back. RAW seems like a scary concept. It's not. It just involves more work. I highly recommend Denver Riddle for learning what to do with RAW footage. Take what you learn from him and apply it to your video and your still photo editing. It's beautifully cross-functional, and you will be better for it.