Sony Color-Grading Advice?

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zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 33,789
Re: Sony Color-Grading Advice?

It's a tough question to answer, because color output, contrast, and photo appearance is subjective. Going back to film days, that's always been a thing - different brands of film had different output, different lab processing produced different output, and so on. Some people like natural, some like vivid, some like dull, some low key, some high key, etc.

The good thing is modern cameras have so many adjustments that can be fine-tuned into the camera - it affects the JPG output, and can also influence the RAW processor starting or default points too. If you're looking for JPG output, then you can play with all the settings to fine tune the output to just the way you like it. If you're looking for RAW processing, then which RAW tool you use can make big differences too.

For in-camera adjustments, you have the creative style section which have several pre-programmed models already set up (standard, vivid, neutral, clear, landscape, etc), and within each of those you can fine tune the contrast, sharpness, and saturation to further edit any of those presets.

Aside from setting manual white balance or choosing a default, you can also program the camera to adjust the white balance default or starting point in any white balance profile, including the main default - just right click the 4-way pad to bring up the color square, and move the cursor dot as needed for warmer/cooler or a specific color cast.

You can choose between the standard and Adobe color space.

In the Picture Profile section, you can adjust the specific color, gamma, black level, black gamma, and more.

You may look into comments about RAW converters to see which are considered the best for Sony RAW - many use CaptureOne as it's offered in a simplified free version or more advanced one, and then you have the standards like Lightroom.  You should be able to set up some defaults in whichever RAW converter you prefer so the starting point of your photos is more to your liking, then can be tweaked a bit if needed.

Personally, I am extremely happy with the stills output of Sony cameras, and the A6600 - but I always spend the first hour or so with any new camera setting up the JPG output to deliver just what I like - I prefer to shoot JPG, and prefer to do minimal or no post-processing, so I work hard to set up all the camera's output settings to look exactly how I want it to look...then can control the output with the exposure and white balance choices I make in the field.

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