Training Your Eye thru the Use of False Color Pt 1

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  13 Minutes of instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Equipment Breakdown List and Top Down Lighting Schematics    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  In the age of digital cinematography, false color is everything. Since the digital revolution, Shane Hurlbut, ASC has added this incredibly precise tool to his arsenal of exposure methods. Waveforms, histograms, and tried and true light meters are all a thing of the past.

False color is the future. There’s a very specific way Shane likes to map out skin tones which allow shadows and highlights to fall-in for a perfectly exposed image. This method shows you exactly where all the levels in an image fall, leaving no guess work, and providing you with lighting ratios you want. In this Lesson Learn Shane Hurlbut, ASC’s false color exposure secrets so that you can use this powerful tool and become a better cinematographer.

  • How to calibrate false color on your Flanders monitor
  • Where to set your middle grey
  • How to read IRE values for false color
  • What shifting the IRE values does
  • Why establishing lighting ratios is important
  • Where to set your levels to expose for a more lit scene


<<<Max P>>> Hi Shane. Nicely explained. This sets me to understand many things.
<<<Roberto L>>> Great Lesson, and very informative!  Keep up the good stuff.
<<<Christopher K>>>Love this evening series going into headlight gag series! So informative!
<<<Charles A>>>Great stuff!
<<<Jose O>>>Many thanks for this lesson! Great info and I feel I can finally wrap my mind around those false color IRE ranges you mentioned in other lessons.
<<<Nicholas B>>>You’re a great advocate for false color! Very informative. I’ll have to utilize it more on a documentary I’m shooting next week.
<<<Hugh H>>>Great information once again! I love using false color (I use the DP7-PRO), but this really helps my understanding of a good workflow for it.
<<<Robert L>>>Great video, and very informative! Jaime S: This lesson explains a lot!
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George_Panagopoulos 17 days ago

Hey Shane! Thanks for the lesson. As far as I understand you have first applied a LUT on the monitors and the false colors are applied after the LUT. My question is the following, is there a relationship between the lighting ratios you measure with the lightmeter and the IRE values that you get on the false color? Given a specific sensor with a specific LUT, can you expect, for example, that a difference of one stop between the key and the fill should create a difference of 7 to 10 IRE units on the false colors? Is there a camera & LUT test you can do to calculate such a relationship?