a7s III Skin Tones

While there are exceptionally few examples of actual living, breathing human beings in HDR YouTube videos, of the negligible number that do exist, too many suffer from one or more of the following: bizarre colors, excessive noise, outrageously intense specular highlights in teeth, eyes or jewelry and an obnoxious lack of tonality, hues, texture and... Continue Reading →

Sony a7 III: Lousy Skin Tones?

Sony a7 III, Sony 85mm f/1.8, ISO 400, Mixed daylight/fluorescent, no color correction in post People used to say, yeah, but what about Caucasian skin tones? Now they're saying, yeah, but how about under a mix of daylight, fluorescent and tungsten? Oh, I almost forgot - I've heard that skin tones suffer at ISO 100,000!... Continue Reading →

Sony a7 III: What About the Skin Tones?

We keep hearing in the online community how awful Sony's skin tones are. Yet when I share images, the usual response is, yeah, Sony's fine for Asians, but Caucasian skin tones are still atrocious. However, when custom white balancing, they're really not all that bad. What I am noticing when watching YouTube videos are abrupt... Continue Reading →

Sony a7 III: Skin Tones

More skin tone samples from the Sony a7 III, this time shot with the Voigtlander 65mm f/2 lens. Mixed lighting daylight/fluorescent, ISO 800. No color correction in post: I just pulled the shadows down a bit. To be quite honest, I'm very satisfied with both Caucasian and Asian skin tones straight out of the camera. I shot... Continue Reading →

Sony a7 III Skin Tones

My biggest fear before purchasing the a7 III were the skin tones. I half dreaded they'd be a nightmare to work with. But having shot with the camera a bit, I must say the skin tones aren't bad at all, especially since I hardly did any color correction in post. Sorry, the screen grabs aren't... Continue Reading →

Four Steps to Good Skin Tones

Custom white balance with the X-Rite Colorchecker.Calibrate your grading monitor.Be sure to use Leeming LUT Pro.Adjust color temperature, tint and saturation before adding any looks.

Comparison: With and Without the Leeming LUT

I shot a short clip this morning using Cinelike D, exposed normally, imported it into Final Cut, and added the Leeming LUT with a -4 reduction in highlights. Which image has more accurate skin tones, in your opinion? Let me know! (1) SOOC (2) + Leeming LUT

ETTR: Noise, Dynamic Range and Skin Tones

I just did a very quick test with the Lumix G85 in natural light which leaves little doubt that there is greater dynamic range and less noise in the shadows when exposing to the right. Colors are a little trickier, first of all, because I'm not a professional colorist, so I couldn't exactly match the ETTR... Continue Reading →

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