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Get a Cinematic Video in Low Light Conditions with your iPhone & FiLMiC Pro

1/02/2018 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Get a Cinematic Video in Low Light Conditions with you iPhone and FiLMiC Pro

Smartphone Filmmaker  & Post Specialist Richard Lackey is going to show you how to shoot low light video with your iPhone and get awesome results.  This video, Dubai Opera at Night, is a good example, shot only with @FiLMiCPro on iPhone 7 Plus.

 I'm quite proud of this one. A break-down of steps in post production will come in a separate video - said Richard Lackey-

He shot this video with the iPhone 7 Plus and Filmic Pro v6 camera app "flat" gamma profile. It was  edited and color graded in DaVinci Resolve 14.

Shot between ISO 22 - 125 (dependent on shot) 1/25th sec exposure, 25fps. Temporal noise reduction applied as needed in DaVinci Resolve 14.

Tips for Low Light Conditions:

1. Shoot 4K at maximum bitrate "Filmic Extreme - 100Mbps) for a 1080p edit and final delivery resolution.

2. Try to keep your ISO at lowest setting (Start by locking it at ISO 22). Increasing ISO is last resort.

3. Use your fastest aperture lens. On iPhone 7 / 7 Plus this is the wide angle camera only as it is f/1.8.

4. Try to keep shutter speed at twice the frame rate, but if the image is underexposed, your first step is to set the shutter speed to match the frame rate… ie. If frame rate is 25fps, choose 1/25th sec shutter speed. A bit of extra motion blur is better than extra noise.

5. If the image is still too dark, then you have no choice but to increase ISO, but do this the minimum amount required to get a good exposure. I went up to ISO 400 to test, but did not actually use any shots higher than ISO 125 in this video.

6. You can clean up any noise easily (up to ISO 125) with temporal noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve (I have used 1 frame, set to 20 in luma channel only). You can use Neat Video too, but I don't have it, so not sure the settings to recommend for Neat.

No additional hardware or camera accessories were used.

Shot with Filmic Pro v6 app ( at maximum bitrate:

3840x2160, 24fps at 100Mbps

iPhone 7 Plus camera files are H.264 8-bit color depth with 4:2:0 chroma sub sampling.

All post production done in DaVinci Resolve 14.

About Richard Lackey:

 Richard Lackey is a filmmaker, digital cinema technology and workflow specialist with an extensive knowledge and experience of digital motion-picture imaging and post production. Full member of Colorist Society International (CSI Member) and Digital Cinema Society (DCS). Let's Get Connected: 

Text, image and video via Richard Lackey (Thanks for sharing Richard)

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