Here’s how to use Look Up Tables (LUTs) to quickly color grade your videos in Premiere Pro and make them look awesome!
What is a LUT? In the simplest terms, a LUT is a preset file that contains color, contrast, brightness, and saturation information in the .cube format. LUTs are used for a lot of reasons, including simulating film stock looks, emulating camera colors, or even color calibration. What we will be using them for today though, is to provide a starting point for your color grading. It can save you a lot of time, and allow you to explore new creative colors that you may not have considered before.
What is not a LUT? A LUT is NOT a one-click color grade for your film. You can’t just slap one on and render your film. LUTs often don’t take into consideration your white balance and exposure settings, so you will still need to color grade your film. With a LUT though, the amount of color grading you will have to do is probably less than you would if you were grading from scratch.
Here’s how to QUICKLY & EASILY film in Sony’s SLOG3 Picture Profile, including how to expose properly & set your white balance with the Sony a7S III, FX3, FX6, & A1. If you’re a run & gun filmmaker that needs to film fast, these settings are all you need!
Which picture profile should you choose when shooting with Sony’s latest cameras like the a7S III, FX3, A1, etc? After extensive testing and research, I have a new favorite picture profile that works perfectly with these new cameras.
But what if you’re using a mix of new and old Sony cameras? I have a picture profile recommendation for filmmakers using an a7 III, a6600, a6500, a6400 etc. as well! These two picture profiles should result in your getting beautiful footage with high dynamic range.
PICTURE PROFILE SETTINGS FOR SONY A7S III, FX3, A1, & FX6 Select PP8 in the Picture Profile Menu Film 1.7 to 2.0 stops overexposed
PICTURE PROFILE SETTINGS FOR A MIX OF NEW (A7S III ETC.) & OLD SONY CAMERAS (A7III ETC.) Select PP8 in the Picture Profile Menu Switch Gamma from SLOG3 to CINE4 Film .3 to .7 stops overexposed
I hope these picture profiles help you film incredible footage with your Sony cameras!
On the surface, Sony’s new 24mm, 40mm, and 50mm lenses appear redundant and more expensive than their budget options. Here’s why they may actually be a great choice for filmmakers looking for affordable lenses.