I've been using the Technicolor Cinestyle a bunch lately with my T3i and it seems like if you accidently blow out the highlights, they'r impossible to recover. What picture styles do you shoot video in?
Shooting flat is a concept that comes from film. Specifically high end raw cinema cameras that have a very wide dynamic range to immitate film and reach as much information as possible. The idea is to capture more light ranges to then have more info to grade.
heres the problem on dslr's: Your codec is not raw! its a shitty h264 compression and most dslr's lack what is needed to have good color correction/ grading.
Reds shoot flat because they are raw, and they have what dslr's are missing which is:
Good color depth (over 8bits)
Color space (4:2:0 is not flexible like 4:4:4)
basically what Im saying is that shooting flat on a dslr is the equivalent of shooting a white wall underexposed and raising brightness in post. All you are doing is taking one away to add one in post.
Yes on camera you will see more detail everywhere but to have a nice looking shot you need to play with your levels and boom everything is lost.
my rant on flat picture styles, there it was.
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All true, but the thing I like about it is that it seems to give me more control in post with Magic Bullet. This was my first edit shooting cinestyle and I found I picked up more detail in the snow than usual:
You're wrong though, you just "think" you're pulling out more detail because your shots are just correctly exposed. You do no gain any new detail with a flat image, it just allows you to adjust levels more liberally.
I like to get as much out of my cam as possible so if I don't want to do a ton of grading I do not have to. No point shooting flat then adjusting contrast if you can just do it in camera...
As for the OP picture, your shot is just overexposed.
The way to pick up more snow detail is to create contrast between mids/highlights when grading. Cinestyle literally doesn't give you any more detail. It simply compresses an image into a bit depth that is already narrowly defined in the first place.
The whole Cinestyle fad is like taking apart a sandwich and claiming you've made more food because it's spread out more, with complete disregard to the conservation of matter. You aren't gaining anything.
8-bit cameras need to be tweaked in-camera to look good. You can get away with basic adjustments in post, but the Log-C (shooting flat) methodology is purposely designed for cameras with more dynamic range, bit depth, and color space. To apply the same technique to an 8-bit 4:2:0 camera is just plain laughable.
And if you are going to ignore my advice anyway, at LEAST underexpose by 1 stop. The "flat" look people desire is the result of A) soft light and B) technical underexposure. Lots of DSLR shooters have this mindset that everything needs to POP off the screen (just stop), which directly conflicts with the diffuse aesthetic your purportedly seek. As a result they shoot flat but try to pump up the colors and contrast and the whole thing becomes a mess.
If you want a good flat look on a Canon DSLR, shoot in neutral with sharpness and contrast turned all the way down (leave saturation and tint alone), and underexpose everything by about a stop. The image will look good prior to hitting your hard drive and it will save you the hassle of trying to stuff 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag.