Foto tutorial (English)
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Equipment recommendations US-ES
Flaat for Canon
Flaat for Nikon
Flaat for the BMC
Flaat for NEX-5N
Old Picture Style Tests
APS-C vs Full Frame
Badly assembled lenses and image quality
Lens mount compatibility chart
ISO on different cameras
High ISO on the 5D3
DIY: DR test chart
RGBWK Bayer sensors
Notes on DoF-FoV
Notes on crop-DoF-FoV
Custom Cropmarks for Magic Lantern on the Canon 550D
How many megapixels do I want?
How many megapixels can I see?
Quick Monitor Calibration Chart
This is Flaat
Flaat is a suite of picture styles for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
Flaat aims to deliver less noise in the final (graded) images than Cinestyle.
It tries to achieve this by using a bigger part of the codec's color space.
Easy to grade
By giving a near-log light response, Flaat aims to be as easy to grade as possible.
Also, by being based on Portrait (instead of Neutral), it tries to make it easier for you to get nice skin tones in your final images.
Flaat includes 3 picture styles, all with the same colors and a near-log response to light, but spread over different latitude:
Flaat_10 gives a bit over 10 stops of DR (just as much as CineStyle)
Flaat_11 gives around 11 stops of DR (more than any other option I've tested)
Flaat_12 gives more than 11 stops of DR (use with lots of care: it can be very noisy)
The general advice for clean images would be: use the narrowest Flaat picture style that records enough DR for your shot. If Flaat_10 doesn't give you clipped highlights or shadows, that route will lead to less noise and smoother gradients than using Flaat_11.
Also... The Flaat suite for Canon DSLRs is based on Portrait, for better skin tones, but this has some downsides (some color shifts, e.g. blue goes a bit towards cyan) that some people would rather avoid. There's a second suite of Flaat picture styles, based on Neutral, that has the same near-log light response function but avoids this color shifts. I'd rather have nice skin tones than correct blue, but it's your choice.
Don't like having to choose from so many options? Just use Flaat_10: that's the workhorse.
Chasing Liberty, a lovely-looking short shot using Flaat_10
8-Bit Chess Club - Tetris, a music video shot on Flaat_12
Wedding video shot on Flaat_10
My original video test
Flaat Shootout 2012
Many more samples in the Vimeo Group: Shot on Flaat
And a longer explanation of how these were born, here.