April 29, 2018
LUTs aren’t magic. They only enhance the magic you’ve already created.
LUTs can be powerful tools to use when calibrating a monitor or grading your footage, but many new filmmakers aren’t quite sure what they are or what they’re limitations are. Many beginners I’ve talked to think of LUTs like they do an Instagram filter: they make a boring image awesome by giving it a vintage, vibrant, or dynamic look, but that’s not really the best or most mature way to approach applying these things to your footage.
In this video, colorist Casey Faris goes over some LUT basics, explaining what they are, how they work, and how they can be used properly to enhance your footage. Check it out below: