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With a seemingly endless amount of clips and struggling to make a consistent grade from shot to shot, I can completely understand why colour grading video appears daunting to many. Today we are going to be talking about LUTs; and how they can make colour grading a whole lot easier.
What are LUTs?
LUT is simply an acronym for “LOOKUP TABLE”. A Lookup Table is something that holds preset colour and exposure values that apply onto your video clips. Imagine a preset you might use in your photography work, except a video version! Thats a LUT. It give you a solid groundwork to begin with when taking your flat LOG footage and turning into something more life like and eye catching.
How can I create my own LUT?
There are many different applications you can use to create your own LUTs. Since I like to talk about Photoshop so much, I thought it would be fitting for me to show how we can create them using Photoshop. Big surprise right?
Below is a video tutorial sharing how I create my Lookup Tables(LUTs) in Photoshop and a bit of my workflow between the Photoshop and Premiere applications:
All the footage in this tutorial is from a film I recently created with Mirae Campbell and RJ Bruni for the Whistler 72 Hour Film Festival. In this festival teams are tasked to write, shoot, and edit a 3-5 minute film shot within 100km of Whistler, BC in just 72 hours.
Our film is written by Mirae Campbell and Ola Krol, an ode to the women of the outdoors, constantly pushing boundaries and inspiring others along the way. Everything was shot on the Canon C200 and Lumix GH5.
If you have any questions or issues with creating your own LUTs in Photoshop, leave a comment below!