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Paul Zwicker
High contrast situation profile settings?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 3:14:37 pm

I am looking for help setting up a profile for high contrast shooting situations.

Here's the deal: Waterfowl hunting show shot from predawn to mid day with no real downtime to reset camera.

So we have very early low light conditions (I have to kick the gain in), going to into sunrise, etc...

I have to quickly go from ground shots to sky and still have more than a dark image of a duck, goose, etc. without blowing out the clouds and creating issues in that regard. Of course I have to follow the bird back down through the differing sky-light levels into the water-yet another iris crank, and grab hunter reaction.

Sounds like fun, huh?

I really have no time to toss on an ND filter and never know if I will have enough light to shoot the hunters and grab interviews if I did.

Would you keep the auto-white on to assist changing light temps?
What profile settings would you use?

Thanks guys,

Paul Zwicker
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Don Greening
Re: High contrast situation profile settings?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 7:27:29 pm

You can start by reading the thread at the link below because that person is seeking similar advice even though it's for a stage show.

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/142/872212

You need to increase the camera's dynamic range and the thread will help you to do that. Be advised that all of the gammas settings save for cinegamma 2 apparently all go to 109% IRE so there may be some detail left in your highlights even if you feel you've already clipped them at 100%.

[Paul Zwicker] "Would you keep the auto-white on to assist changing light temps?"

If you're shooting outside all the time then your white balance will be close to a constant 3200K. When you create a colour profile just use that for your custom white temp.

- Don

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Paul Zwicker
Re: High contrast situation profile settings?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:07:54 pm

Thank you for the quick response Don.
I did not see the other inquiry regarding camera settings.
As to outdoor whitebalance preset, shouldn't I be locking in 5600k?
Thanks again,

Paul

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Ron Pestes
Re: High contrast situation profile settings?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:19:33 pm

Yes, for sure 5600k!

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Don Greening
Re: High contrast situation profile settings?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:25:35 pm

Yes of course. 5600k is the correct setting. That part of my brain that has a grasp for the obvious is still asleep. Sorry about that. With regard to the w/b itself, regardless of how much light is present it remains that the temperature will still be the same. I'm sure there's a bit of change as the sun sets or rises but that's all part of the effect.

- Don

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