WORKING WITH LUTS
Some Best Practices and Suggestions
LUTs can definitely streamline the color correction and grading process by quickly and easily creating complex looks without being a professional colorist. However, there are some things to keep in mind when working with them and LOG footage.
Production & Post
Shooting in LOG can add a cinematic look to the footage, but make sure to use the lowest ISO possible otherwise it can get noisy, especially in low light. Newer gen phones are better today though. And if there is noise be sure to denoise it before you apply a LUT.
Every Shot is Different
Applying LUTs to footage is typically not going to make it instantly look great. There will be times that it does, but only if everything was shot with perfect exposure and white balance, which is not always the case. So applying a LUT is a great starting point that then gets finessed.
Easily Add Style
LUTs are just not for "correcting" LOG to a normal Rec 709 look - they are also great for creating stylized, cinematic looks. For example, a vintage 1960s vibe or maybe a big Hollywood orange & teal look. LUTs are a great way to experiment and help tell your story.
Watch the videos above for some quick visual references on working with LOG footage and LUTs.
And to see them full screen click on the button in the bottom right corner of the player.
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