Soo, I said I was going to post a video of me trying to use filmic to point out how I think it could be improved (and why using it is costing me a lot of time at the moment), somewhere in this thread
Turns out it’s taking me some time, and my spare time has just become a bit rarer, so here’s the first part.
This is not the finished image, just the halfway edit after setting up exposure and filmic to be probably kinda not terrible, before starting with local adaptations:
_MG_0653.CR2 (20.6 MB) _MG_0653.CR2.xmp (14.1 KB)
And here’s a video of me getting to this point:
filmic_usability_1.mkv (58.5 MB)
It got a bit longer because I also took the time to explain a bit more what I’m doing and why, despite some editing. Turns out text is still easier to edit than rambling explanations. And I need to learn to ramble less. It’s an ongoing effort…
I’ll try and summarize the more important points:
1: overshooting roll-off curves are bad because they break the link between moving a slider and the visual effect on the photo – fortunately a solution for that is already in the works.
2: But because the filmic curve stays where it is when changing exposure, filmic always needs to be re-adjusted after changing exposure, at least in cases where the user cares about (not) clipping highlights. Which in turn means that the direct visual feedback when moving the exposure slider is limited. That means reconsidering the exposure setting at any point after the initial setup of filmic is time-intense.
3: It’d be nice to be able to manipulate the upper and lower part of the curve completely independent of each other (except of course that they are linked by the middle-grey contrast)
There are some more technical details in the video, but I’ll discuss them in the other thread, in an attempt to separate the discussion about how to find the best settings in filmic efficiently, and how to adapt the UI to make it more straightforward to get to that point.
I’ll add the remainder of the photo processing here, together with the final XMP, once it’s done. I hope it’ll take less time than the first part.
I know there are some people who approach it completely differently, and I’m curious how they would do this. Do you simply not try to use filmic as much and directly proceed to local adjustments? Do you always have a well-defined “subject” in your scene, adjust exposure to put it at middle grey, and then work around that? Or do you change brightness of the mid-tones in display-referred space, after filmic has been applied?
Or am I missing some important strategy?