We will be focusing on how to get the right film look. Many people have been asking this question, How to color correct DSLR footage and how to get a professional cinematic look?
The answer isn't simple but the most important thing to know is that you must plan your look before you even start shooting your film. Think about what kind of film you would it to be or what it is. If it's a horror movie, you can't grade your files or oversaturated them like a comedy or a family movie.
24 Frames per second is one of the most important points, also the shallow depth
of field F1.2 & F4 and therefore at least color, contrast and saturation.
If you know what kind of look you want to have for example, by watching your favorite movie or
a movie of the same genre that your film should be, you have to set your DSLR.
You must change the picture style, most DSLR cameras have a custom style profile settings that isn't the best for the post-production. Too much contrast and over saturation. To correct your video, you have to shoot with a flat image and that would mean that you have to pull down the contrast and the saturation also a little.
You make be asking yourself, why?
You can always add contrast, colors and highlights later but you can't remove them once they are on the raw footage. Another very important point of is the sharpness. If you are only really using your video for internet usage especially YouTube or Vimeo, you don't have to pull down the sharpness down because most people won't watch the video in fullscreen mode. But if you want to show your film on a Television or a big screen,
you have to pull down the sharpness completely down.
Otherwise it won't look professional because it is overshot. That is what most people when
making a film are doing wrong. They don't like a flat image and that is complete fine,
if they don't want to color correct the footage. Main reason why you have to decide before
you start filming if you want to color correct the files
but also make sure to shoot in manual mode with manual settings and control.
At the beginning it might become hard but
no one wants to see a bumpy auto-focus or overexposed image.
Overexposure is one of the worst things that can happen to your footage and
the point of this is to understand that you're losing details. Details that you can't bring back in post but it's better if the footage is a little bit too dark then you can still corrected in post without losing details.
But of course it can be a little bit noisy but better than losing parts of the image.
Never forget that people shouldn't be distracted by image in terms of contrast and the colors.
This is all about individual taste some people prefer like a realistic documentary look and others are a sin city look.