Training Your Eye thru the Use of False Color Pt 2

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  8 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 darker 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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hrvoje_bazina 11 days ago

So very early on, I was told by someone that I should always aim to keep my skin tones at 70 IRE. I’m only now realizing how wrong that was haha! However, I am curious as to why you never expose the skin tones above that 55 range? Is it just overexposed at that level or?

dislamedia 10 days ago

Learning about under exposing has truly expanded the world of exposure for me. There’s something truly beautiful about stretching the limits using these techniques.