The Switch / The Search
So I recently made a personal switch from shooting Red to the C100 for the majority of my work. I do a lot of solo run-n-gun stuff and having a smaller (and much much much lighter) package often benefits me. However, I’m not here to stir up controversy or start a debate, I merely want to state what started my search. I fell in the love with the Red image and I have been trying to replicate that with the C100. As much as I can at least.
My biggest complaint when I switched systems was the color profiles. Personally I think Canon has always had some of the best skin tones; yet, I haven’t found a color profile that I’ve absolutely loved the way I did with my Red. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy C-Log (or cinema as it is called on the C100) but sometimes I don’t want or have the need to shoot in log. I’ve met a lot of people who shoot in wideDR but I just cannot get an image straight out of the camera that I like. Which is supposed to be the point of it. And I end up doing more adjustments in post with wideDR than I do C-Log.
This is not a paid for review. I purchased these profiles with my own desert money.
The Wizard in a Lab Coat
In comes Shane Hurlbut’s C100 picture profiles. My good friend Mike Collins (follow him on twitter @mikespins) introduced me to these profiles. My first question to him was “what do they look like?” I couldn’t find any examples of how these settings are supposed to look. After two minutes of debate I figured I could forgo a candy bar & soda for a day to give these profiles a try.
Since I couldn’t find examples, I wanted to provide you with some. Warning, I am not a scientist anymore. This is not a scientific test and I’m sure many of you can point out something (or somethings) I’ve done wrong. Let me explain the method to my madness. I wanted a high contrast shot. Rarely in the corporate world will I have something like this, but I wanted to see how these profiles handled harsh contrasting light. You can make anything look beautiful with the right lighting, but I didn’t want to flatter these profiles. I wanted lots of shadows and on the verge of blown highlights.
My Method / My Madness
I used two Ikan LED lights, rated at 5600k, and I followed my Sekonic light-meter setting my aperture at f/3.5. Now I do want to say that these iKan LEDs are not my favorite. They give off a purple tint which is reflected in my footage. Rarely do I film with these lights and when I do I obviously apply color correction, but for the sake of consistency I decided to leave the frames untouched. Here are the results:
I plan on doing a little bit more testing next week but from first impressions I think SIC002 will be my go to profile for the majority of my work. Both profiles are based off of Canon Log’s gamma & color. Heck I can see turning over SIC001 footage as-is if it was necessary. But for me, the SIC002 offers the look I need with the ease of use that a one man band loves. I will say this though, until I’m 100% confident in the profile I will use C-Log for anything I send to a professional colorist. Though I would not be surprised if I change my mind in due time.
On another personal note I cannot wait to pair SIC002 profile with my new Black Pro-Mist filter as I’m sure the two will compliment each other greatly.
Since I am a fan of Film Convert, which I’m sure several of you are as well, I wanted to compare LOG to SIC002 using one of my favorite profiles. FJ Velv 100. With the C-Log clip I set film convert specifically to the appropriate C100 settings, while on the SIC002 clip I left it at the sRGB default camera settings. Hurlbut’s profile could stand to use a few further adjustments but I love the foundation it lays.
I’m A Fan
What about you? What profiles have you found useful on your Canon Cinema camera? Do some benefit you in certain situations over others?