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Phantom LUTs

October 3, 2018

I’ve been fiddling with color correction more these days, and a lot of it is thanks to these LUTs that make my life so easy. Use the code “Tito” for 15% off on the Phantom LUTs.

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Tito Ferradans here for a quick word on color correction. When I first started this channel, I was shooting everything RAW on the 5D3 in order to achieve maximum dynamic range and flexibility in post. That was a hell of a workflow. When I switched to the Sony A7s2, I started out shooting SLog for the world tests, but after spending too much time to get consistently good looks on the footage, I decided to switch over to Andrew Reid’s color profiles (the EOSHD Color) when shooting the world tests.

Then I was recently approached by Joel Farmularo and he invited me to try out his set of LUTs designed for Sony’s SLog colors and aiming to achieve a style matching of an Alexa or a Film look. Quite a bold beginning. So I switched back to SLog (still using some of EOSHD color’s settings) and shot footage for weeks, using these LUTs as a base for color correction – some of it has already showed up in the reviews, like the Letus PRO, some of it is still to come.

I had this extreme opinion that LUTs always give you the same look – with the teals and the oranges that the whole world is tired of seeing – but it turns out it this was not to be blamed on all LUTs! With Joel’s Phantom LUTs I can quickly get a good starting point for my slog footage and go from there. They all have a common thread among them, either the Alexa pack or the film pack, but each one has its own subtle personality while still grounded to a neutral style.

My ONE favorite thing about these LUTS, besides the time-saving aspect, is that they deal wonderfully well with Sony’s blown highlights. When you clip something in Slog, it looks bad. It looks horribly bad. I’ve always had to fight hard to make the clipped areas look smooth and match the neighboring non-clipped pixels. The Phantom LUTs address this issue pretty well – Joel calls these blown-out highlights “candle wax”, and I like his choice of words – giving it a sort of soft glow/diffusion, like what you’d get with a bit of filtration and non-clipped highlights. :)

I’ve had a few people message me asking about them, so I figured I’d make this video and forward all your requests towards Joel. You can find links to his website where you can get the LUTs as well as a discount code that helps me too – since the more partnerships I make, the more this channel grows. So go on, check them out, watch Joel’s videos about them and incorporate these to your own footage!

Let me know what you think of the looks, hit the like button and post any questions in the comments below! This is part of my effort into diversifying from ANAMORPHIC CONTENT only! Before you go you should hit subscribe and check out my other – anamorphic! – videos. I’m Tito Ferradans and I’ll see you soon.