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I've decided to call this picture profile "MattFlat." Because it rhymes and is fun to say.
Three months ago, I started making wedding cinematography training videos to help others film weddings. It took about a week after uploading my first video for me to discover that there is a massive community of wedding cinematographers out there that want to get better at their craft. As I produce more videos in this series, I find that I am asked even more questions in comments and emails. These messages are added to an ever increasing list of videos that I will be making in the future.
By far though, the most popular question I have received is, "Which picture profile should I use when shooting with my A7Sii?" This is definitely a complicated question due to the sheer depth of the picture profile menu on the A7Sii and FS5, as well as how many differing opinions there are across the many blogs and forums across the Internet. Your train of thought may have been something like mine: "Do I shoot with the new fancy SLOG3? But doesn't that cause noise in the shadows? What about SLOG2 instead? Isn't that going to cause an odd green tint in some images? Maybe one of the Cinegammas then? Aren't those called Hypergammas in the higher end Sony Cameras? Why is everything so different? Am I crazy? Does this even look better?"
I'm excited to say that today I have an answer for you. After extensive testing, and reading throughout the vast corners of the Internet so you don't have to, I have found an ideal picture profile. Please keep in mind that while this may be my favorite picture profile, it doesn't have to be yours. You can have a different opinion from me, and that is alright.
I wanted a picture profile that would suit my needs well. It needed wide dynamic range, a flat image for color grading (but not too flat!), and be versatile for the wide variety of shooting locations I typically go through on a wedding day.
Those needs almost immediately cut SLOG2 and SLOG3, with their minimum ISOs of 1600, and their bright exposure requirements, from my list of options for picture profiles. Incidentally, the 8-bit codec of the A7Sii in SLOG3 can also cause banding in the finer color gradients like blue skies etc. I wanted to avoid this as well.
If you don't feel like watching me ramble in the above video for 6 minutes about picture profiles, here are the settings for my favorite picture profile:
SETTINGS FOR MY FAVORITE PICTURE PROFILE FOR THE SONY A7Sii and FS5
Reset PP8 to default.
Change the Gamut from SLOG3 to CINE4.
That's it! Congratulations, you're now shooting in my favorite picture profile! Leave all the other settings as they are. Go try it out and see how you like it. I'll be making another video soon, showing how I color grade this picture profile.
Special thanks for Marien Breithouwer for originally sharing this picture profile.
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