Color Grading with the Canon R6

Short and sweet is where I am going to be in 2022.

New video on my YouTube. I am talking about color grading and how I do it. I say how I do it because this is an area where you can do it many ways. With that said, I could be doing it the hard way, the wrong way or what have you. Check out my video and see what you can do with a simple color grade to Canon Log footage.

Have a great year and thanks for stopping by.

Color grading on the 5d Mark iv

I have had my Canon 5d mark iv for about 2 years now, which is crazy to think it has already been that long. First got it so I could shoot photos at weddings as a second photographer and that lead to shooting video.

Well, when I first got my 5d Mark Iv it didn’t have C-Log installed on it and as I grew in my video shooting and was getting more and more video work, I felt the upgrade for c-log was something I ought to do. Canon offered the install for $99 and maybe shipping? Either way, I didn’t see the $99 being too steep for the benefits that came along with having c-log, so I sent it off and had it installed.

Fast forwards 6months and I multiples shoots and trips, I can say it was well worth it. I remember color grading before I had log on the camera and any preset you applied made it muddy and noisy with grain and it just didn’t look good at all to my liking. Now with C-log I can actually use a preset and make adjustments and get some cool looking footage out of the 5d mark iv, you can say I love it really. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of editing footage is seeing what you can do with the color grading to make it pop!

Check out my video below to learn some of the benefits and to see the sample footage now that I have c-log. I should do some comparison to footage that is not in c-log to some that is and color grade it to match and see if the difference is noticeable but that’s for another day!

(You can fast forward to 1:49 in the video to bypass my talking of specs of benefits)



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Behind the Scenes

Hey Everyone!

Recently I shot a video for a local barbershop and it was a collab with another barber from California. The whole premise you can say is “Razor(Kansas) vs Shears(California)”.

What I want to talk about is the shoot in general. This is my first client shoot since I left the marketing agency and it was a blast. This shoot was given a main idea by the client/friend but they were totally open to ideas and didn’t shut everything down that I might have come up with it. The workspace was super chill, relaxed and totally up my ally which made this shoot very enjoyable. I am pumped to get to do more shoots with this client and with others in the future.

Now to the shoot. The main stationary camera was the Canon 5d Mark iv with a 35mm f2 IS USM and that covered both of the models as they got their haircuts/styled. Then I had a Canon 5d Mark III with a Canon 85mm f1.8 on the Zhiyun Crane 2 capturing close-ups of the action(cutting, blading, etc). For lights, I used a $30 led panel that I placed up high and angled it down and that served as the main light and then I used two can lights with LED bulbs. With those, I had one focused on each model. No diffusion on any of these lights.

Here are a couple behind the scene photos I took with my phone so you can see what it kind of looks light for overall set up.

I am picking up the footage from the client later on today so I can get a little video together to show you guys some of the shots I captured during this 3ish hour shoot. When I say “picking up the footage” .. this isn’t a typical shoot where the client gets the footage raw and all but this barber/friend is doing a video competition and she does video edits herself, so she will edit and create the video she wants from what I shot. I am simply getting the footage so I can create something completely independent and have something for my sample reel for future clients possibly, plus I just like to edit and create videos.

Well, I will have sample footage in the near future but thanks for coming back and checking out my new post. Check out my older ones and follow me on the socials.


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