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Re: Budget Camera Skin Tone shoot out take 2... #poll

Mark Kenfield

An interesting test, thanks Colin. It's a shame about the keyed greenscreeen - I have no doubt that seeing keying artifacts is colouring my judgement of the different cameras.

For me, the winner is G.

It took a few watch-throughs before I could start ignoring the clear advantage in general image quality and the superior greenscreen key that it had. Once I was able to look past those more glaring differences, I found G to have the best balance of healthy, ruddy skintones, and a naturally rendered liptones. 

It's quite wild just how differently the cameras all render red.

From orange, to distinctly oversaturated, to distinctly undersaturated - the balance of the red clearly has huge repercussions for how a subject's lips, and the blood in their cheeks are rendered.

For me, G balanced them notably better than the rest. I would probably want to increase the saturation in G a little. But I feel like I could do that and still retain a naturally balanced face.

It is very interesting though, that most of the samples become objectionable in the wide-shot (when the skews of specific colours like red, become apparent). Taken in isolation, it's MUCH harder to judge based solely on each manufacturers rendering of skin.


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On Wed, 15 May 2019 at 05:36, Colin Elves <colin@...> wrote:
Yes - exactly that. I posted previously (it was rushed and had a few problems) and people felt the green would influence colour perception too much so I keyed it out.

As for F: it is indeed in focus. But it is further away than the others (which obviously reveals something to those who want to think about it).

Colin Elves
DP, Berlin.

On 14 May 2019, at 18:34, Graham Futerfas <gfuterfas.cml@...> wrote:

Maybe I missed your earlier post… what’s the green fringing? Was it a green screen that you turned grey?

I like the color rendition on C, but I guess my favorite is G because its sharper and also seems to have good color overall. Maybe slightly under-saturated for my taste, but just by a small degree.

The color on E is pretty wild. Is F in focus? Not a fan of H.

Thanks for posting. Now I’m curious which ones I liked and which ones I didn’t.

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