Cinematic Outdoor LUTs
Take your grades to the next level!
Our Cinematic Outdoor LUTs pack gives you three LUTs to make your footage pop! While they are originally designed for use with outdoor shots, you may find these LUTs useful in a number of different situations.
The download includes three original ShadowCast Studios LUTs: Morning Glory, Bluejay, and Plantation. Each LUT also includes log variants for DJI's D-log, Canon's C-log, and GoPro's Protune "Flat" color spaces, in addition to the standard Rec 709 version of each LUT. The Morning Glory LUT includes a bonus generic log variant for use with a wide range of Log color spaces. See the FAQ at the bottom of this page for more info about color spaces
We have a lot of experience with outdoor footage. We do a ton of work for a landscaping company called Real Turf Solutions, so many of our projects are shot entirely outside. We created these LUTs based on some of the grades we often use in those projects.
Check out the before/after photos and video demos below!
Before & After
A Log color space is a feature mainly found in cinema cameras and high-end DSLRs. Log color spaces produce very flat colors. This means the footage requires more color correction in post-production, but also gives you more room to work with the color and look of the footage. With color correction, you can get more dynamic range out of Log footage. Different manufacturers have their own Log color spaces, for example, Canon's C-Log, DJI's D-Log, GoPro's Protune "flat" setting, etc. Again, not all cameras have a Log color space option. Using a Log color space is only recommended if you are planning on color correcting your footage and know how to do so. If you've never worked with Log footage before, it's best to practice color correcting it before using filming an actual production in Log.
If your footage looks really flat and desaturated straight out of camera though, it may be set to a Log color space. Check online or reference your camera's user manual to see if your camera is able to film in Log, and if it is, then search for how to find the color space settings. There you'll be able to see what color space the camera is set to.
If you know you are filming in a Log color space, then you can use one of the Log variants to both correct and grade your footage all with one LUT. If you are filming in Canon's C-Log, DJI's D-Log, or GoPro's Protune "flat" color space, you can use the variant that corresponds to these particular color spaces. If you are filming in a different Log color space, the generic Log variant on the Morning Glory LUT will give you a good Log base correction with most any Log color space. For the LUTs without a generic Log variant, one of the other Log variants, especially the D-Log and C-Log variants, should still give you a good base correction on most Log footage. You can also probably find a free technical LUT for your camera's Log color space. Do a web search for free technical LUTs for your specific Log color space. For example, "Canon C-Log to Rec 709 free luts" just replace "Canon C-Log" with your camera's Log color space name. Once you apply a correction with a technical LUT, use the Rec 709 variant to apply the grade to your footage. This is the same if you are filming in Log but prefer doing your color correction manually. Use the Rec 709 variant to apply just the grade after you finish your corrections.
NOTE: All shots are different, and therefore you shouldn't just drop LUTs on your footage and move on. Whether you're using our LUTs or anyone else's, always tweak the look to fit your footage. It may need to be dialed back or turned up, it just depends on the shot and the visual you are trying to create!