How To Read False Color On Your Monitor

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  21 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
  • 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!

cinarunal 11 days ago

Mr. Hurlburt hi, firstly thank you for this useful tutorial. I am film student and false color was one of the confusing part of exposure. Just I wanted to ask about IRE value. “With IRE values in moonlit night scenes, I like my values around 15-20 IRE. If it’s a bright day exterior, I like 50-60 IRE or sometimes 45-55 IRE. If I’m in a bar I like 15-20 IRE, and if I’m in a darkened room with some window ambience, 25-35 or 40 IRE. ” I copied your sentence here. I wondered that when you said you are choosing your own IRE value for specific lighting situation is it valid for differrent type of camera and log profiles? Because I am using Clog 2 in Canon C300mkii and it’s gray value is %32 as I found out. Therefore, should I keep gray value around this value on waveform? And I hope my question is not nonsense:) And sorry for my english. Thanks!

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    9 days ago

      @cinarunal Hi Cinarunal, That grey value on the Canon is all wrong, I proved that huge in my tutorials in the HA. I would go with my settings but it defientely needs to be a Rec 709 image, not a log image, some type of look up table LUT has to be on your monitor so your false color reads efficiently and educates your exposures.

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