Color Correct in Camera with Shane Hurlbut ASC.

March 30th, 2010

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Shane Hurlbut ASC, does a great job of describing how to dial in the color balance of your Canon HD DSLR. According to Shane, not all cameras are the same. “Each camera comes from the factory supposedly balanced but all of them have a bias.” He describes how to adjust the white balance properly in camera as each sensor has a personality of it’s own. By adjusting the white balance in camera, multiple cameras can be matched up by eye or waveform monitor. This is a great tool when using multiple cameras or trying to match a look from a previous shoot.

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Eura Nuhmnuht
Eura Nuhmnuht
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March 31st, 2010

Learn to read, this is a direct quote from the article:

“This was a shot from the Untitled Navy SEAL movie. We were color balanced for underwater which is around 7000 deg. K and when our camera surfaced it was way to warm, because our daylight was around 5200 deg. K, we tried to swing it but it has a weird quality.”

Random Guy
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  Eura Nuhmnuht

Yeah Dipshit, did you think he might have corrected it after it was pointed out that he had made a major mistake in the article. Vincent Laforet pointed out his mistake and you can see it in the comments.

DURRRRRR.

Random Guy
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  Random Guy

here:

Shane says:
March 31, 2010 at 1:25 am
K Wasley, Vincent was right, I was up very late after work and flipped the warm and the cool. Sorry about that. It has been so crazy and I love how involved and supportive all of you have been. Thank you so much for your comments. But it doesn’t make my example a false pretext, whether it is warm or cool and how you have to swing the image, the CODEC will not hold up.

Random Guy
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March 31st, 2010

Interesting – now I see it was corrected…

K Wasley
K Wasley
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March 31st, 2010
Reply to  Random Guy

yeah it was changed. He wasn’t doing white balance completely wrong as you suggest, just a mix up when writing the article. This mix up does not in anyway disprove his technical ability, that is quite unfair. I’ve seen plenty of funny balls up by tired DP’s who know their craft very well indeed. It happens.

Random Guy
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March 30th, 2010

So, correct me if I’m wrong – but if you are white balanced for 7000 degrees and come into a lighting setup with a 5200 degree white balance the lighting should actually appear warmer, not cooler? Another example: white balance is set to 5600 on camera, and you are shooting in tungsten light – everything actually looks even warmer (not cooler as Shane’s example would suggest). This would illustrate that Shane’s example is completely wrong. One might even go so far as to say that shane’s Vision Stock .CR2 is actually the SuperFlat style which he admitted to using before,and which makes everything look flat and muddy – hence the bizarre shifts and flat appearance of shane’s example footage. Good thing we have a completely non-technical member of the ASC offering technical advice. AWESOME EXAMPLE of how if you give someone enough rope they will eventually disprove their own technical ability. This white balance thing and also the claimed “dynamic range” increase of several stops when using panavision primos are what is known as FUD. White Balance is indeed important, but not if you are doing it completely wrong.

K Wasley
K Wasley
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March 30th, 2010
Reply to  Random Guy

Shane does say in the article that coming from 7000 to 5200 made it warmer? Also, in respect to the 3200 to 5600 he spoke about going from a 3200 indoor setup into an outdoor 5600 light, which would end up cooler, and that is correct. Additionally, his reference to Vision Stock was as a LUT used in grading digital imagery, not a CR2 file. Hi end grading suites have LUT’s based on classic stocks that can be applied to the imagery. Or am i missing something here?

Random Guy
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March 30th, 2010
Reply to  K Wasley

Direct quote from the photo example:

“This was a shot from the Untitled Navy SEAL movie. We were color balanced for underwater which is around 7000 deg. K and when our camera surfaced it was way to warm, because our daylight was around 5200 deg. K, we tried to swing it but it has a weird quality.”

Perhaps the article needs closer editing before being uploaded, but read the comments and trackbacks on Shane’s site.

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