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Pete in Seattle, writes:
I have a Sony A6300 using the 10-18mm lens along with a Flycam stabilizer. I process the video from the camera with Adobe Premiere Pro. I have seen that shooting video at two stops under is recommended however, I still can't get the windows to look like they do in my stills when I process them with Capture One Pro for Sony. I'm looking for what would be a good set up for the camera including picture profiles if needed as well LUT'S or lookup tables so I can get my videos to look more like my stills. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Pete, I do some videography, but it's not my area of expertise. Based on the time, knowledge, and equipment required to get my videos even close to the same quality as my images, I have developed a video style that is acceptable to my clients while remaining affordable for them and profitable for me. This style however, does not offer nice window pulls. I actually blow the windows out entirely. If my clients wanted high-quality video and were willing to pay for it, I would invest more time and money into the practice, but there isn't enough budget or demand for this sort of thing in my market.
One market that does have the demand (and budget) for high-quality real estate videos is Miami, so I reached out to Zoltan present from LuxHunters who is a multiple-time winner of the PFRE Videographer of the Month contest and specializes in this type of video production to get some feedback on your questions. Here is a summary of his response:
Shooting 2 stops underexposure is nonsense. You should shoot in Log picture profile and overexpose the scene by two stops without actually blowing out the important highlights. Then in post, you can add a LUT or correct the file manually and have a little more control over the dynamic range of the video.
The three best ways to get acceptable window pulls with video are:
If you really want to get crazy (and have the budget for it), you can use a motorized slider and repeat each shot twice, one exposed for the interior and one exposed for the exterior, then cut them in post. This is much more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive.
I've seen some stellar videos come out of this group in the past, so if anyone else has suggestions for Pete, please speak up!