Master Color Grading your Sony Footage / by Trevor Bobyk

Roughly 2 years ago. I decided to pick up the SONY A7s mark 1, coming from a Canon T3I. I had the toughest time figuring out how to get colors that looked good once I finished editing. I tested picture profiles like S-log-2 and the standard picture profile. After spending quite of bit of time with the camera, I believe I’ve discovered the best way to shoot and color in my opinion. I’ve shared my camera settings and editing process below. I hope this helps anyone else who has recently picked up a Sony camera and having difficulty getting natural or cinematic colors.

I find these settings work well in all situations (day or night) and are much easier to work with when compared to SLOG2. You can input the following settings in any of the picture profile slots you want, I've personally loaded these setting in PP6 right below SLOG2. If anyone else has any comments or questions. Please let me know. Always happy to help!

  • Settings Updated 2019:

    - Black Level: +7

    - Gamma: Cine4 or Cine2

    - Black Gamma: wide, +5

    - Kee Mode Manual 80% Slope +5

    - Colormode: Cinema

    - Detail: -7

    - Saturation: -5

    - I use PP6 as my base starting profile and leave all other settings at default

These settings should give you an excellent starting point for color grading and remove the stress of working with S-LOG 2. If you are looking to speed up your color grading process I’m offering a Sony Lut pack designed specifically for this picture profile.

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