Should I even use flat color profiles when shooting with a DSLR?

•Should I even use flat color profiles when shooting with a DSLR?

QuestionClose•Posted by35 minutes agoShould I even use flat color profiles when shooting with a DSLR?


I have a t3i and want to get the most information out of a shot as possible so that I can color grade later. So as you read this, keep in mind that I'm asking about using a DSLR with 8 bit.

I came across the concept of using flat color profiles in some article a long time ago. They claim to boost your dynamic range (which people also say is bogus) and basically, you get much more information than using neutral with the contrast and sharpness settings down, etc.

So, after some research I found CineStyle.
After installing CineStyle and taking a bunch of footage, I found that it looks a lot like log or raw footage. But after testing some grades out, I saw that it's super grainy, especially in the shadows. Also, some banding issues. Doing some further research, this is because CineStyle artificially boosts shadows.

After getting frustrated with CineStyle's issues I found Marvel Advanced. It's much more contrast than CineStyle, but apparently that's good. It seems to be less damaging than CineStyle but it still has similar issues. (there are much much less though)

After some research I've found out that it's actually advised NOT to use flat color profiles when shooting with a DSLR? because it's 8 bit and you can't get any more information out of it. It's actually going to damage your footage. Even filming with neutral and contrast, sharpness turned down is bad (according to that article/video).

So I've discovered a back and forth debate over whether or not to use flat color profiles at all when using 8 bit DSLR footage. The more research I do, the more confused I get. I'm guessing that it just depends on what you want to do with the footage…?

So yes, back to the overall question. Should I use flat color profiles when shooting with a DSLR, and have the intention of grading it after? I want as much information captured as possible. Of course, I don't want to have artifacts, banding issues and extreme grain. I'm thinking maybe there's a balance between these, and don't go on the extremes? (extremes being CineStyle and Neutral) I just don't know what exactly is the balance.

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