Been experimenting a bit with filmic (rgb) and find I’m having trouble controlling black clipping. The scenes are high dynamic range and exposed to protect highlights. I have looked at various examples etc but still have issues getting reasonable results.
Workflow as follows (basecurve etc off):
- White balance
- Center histogram with exposure (avoid clipping)
- Filmic scene settings to capture dynamic range. Already it’s difficult to avoid clipped blacks despite not having clipped blacks before filmic. The settings that prevent clipping are usually extremely washed out with a low grey lum and very low black rel exposure. Getting to the point of no clipping blacks is quite unpredictable despite the rather simple controls. The over all dynamic range judging from white and black rel exposure is by now way beyond the capabilities of my camera.
- Filmic look settings to try to coax image into looking a bit better. Changes in the look generally require switching back to the scene tab (or exposure) because the look curve push data back into black clipping before the image has much visible contrast at all. Generally I can’t seem to avoid some black clipping, which is quite easy with other tools.
- Color balance to add a bit of saturation back (110% or so seems about right)
- Further tone equalizer to move tones around.
My problems seems related to how the middle grey luminance and the black relative exposure are related to the tone curve. The toe is such that it forces a lot of pixels into black before the overall image looks ok.
I’m getting interrupted here and have to leave the computer. Will come back later. Anyone seen similar difficulties and have some tips and tricks to share?