Reference White Is A Myth

One of the most popular posts on our blog is about HDR reference white, which has been standardized as 203 nits. But in reality, there is no such thing as reference white, any more than there is a fixed value for 18% gray or fair skin. Diffuse white can be 145 nits indoors or as... Continue Reading →

Cinematographers on HDR

Match the quotes to the DP “[HDR is] a dream for any cinematographer, any creator of images... I think every cinematographer will have an interest in high dynamic range, because it’s the way that we want to capture images, so later we can do whatever we want in [digital color grading]. We need all the... Continue Reading →

No, It Doesn’t

Forum member, EOSHD https://youtu.be/wEf8FmPMJxM It appears that many in the online community obstinately refer to ETTR as overexposure, which it is not. Overexposure is pushing highlights too far, to the point of clipping, at which point they are unrecoverable. Exposing to the right maximizes dynamic range while minimizing noise in the shadows.

Devotion is a Feast for the Eyes

Unlike 99% of productions, Korean War drama Devotion was conceived, monitored and shot in HDR, the show LUT and dailies were HDR, the hero grade was HDR - and it looks simply gorgeous. Photo: Netflix Photo: Netflix Photo: Netflix Photo: Netflix

“Television Better Served By HLG“

“The PQ system was developed by Dolby, a company whose main focus is on the cinema while the HLG system was developed jointly by BBC and NHK, two organizations whose main focus is on television… Television is probably better served by the HLG system that was designed from the ground up by television engineers for... Continue Reading →

Narrow vs. Full Range

Grass Valley White Paper diagram of the Barten ramp showing the susceptibility to banding of different HDR curves. We can see that full range offers only a very slight advantage over narrow range in guarding against banding artifacts. Photo: Grass Valley

What’s Behind the Window?

Frankly, we'd rather not know. Below, screenshots from a few outstanding examples of HDR filmmaking and one screen grab from a promotional video shot by Erik Messerschmidt for the ARRI Alexa 35. Photo: ARRI. Encounters 'The Swing', DP Erik Messerschmidt Photo: Netflix. 'Devotion', DP Erik Messerschmidt Photo: Netflix. 'The Hand of God', DP Daria D'Antonio... Continue Reading →

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