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on Jan 8, 2011 at 5:20:43 am
There are mixed opinions on using custom 'flat' picture profiles on DSLRs. I have a couple of them stored on my T2i but have to admit I don't like the look of them. They make skin tones look weird especially IMO. I prefer to use neutral with contrast, saturation and sharpness dialed down.
The canon DSLRs as far as I know don't have a great amount of dynamic range compared to traditional video cameras. Blacks look especially crushed particularly in underexposes areas. Flat picture profiles are supposed to increase dynamic range but to me, all they do is reduce contrast to the extent of turning blacks grey and introducing extra noise in the darker areas of the image. You get a little bit of extra detail in the dark areas but in a way where you're compromising overall image quality.
Everyone has different preferences and workflows so I'd say do your own tests and come to your own conclusion.
My advice: shoot neutral, use a fast lens when possible and don't underexpose.
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