Matt Floryan

Defining Density and Tone

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After reading so many of the case studies, there is a ton of references to "adding density and tone" to the image. Is this referring to adding contrast? I feel like density is a subjective term and can mean one thing to one colorist and something different to another. Can some give a more elaborate explanation of density and how one applies it to the image. I work in Resolve so if anyone has any techniques within that software, that would be great. thanks!

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Depends on the context, but density is brightness and tone could relate to the tonal curve. Brightness and individual curve adjustments are a good combination to work a desirable contrast into the image.

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I guess, density is a printer lights (offset) control applied to log footage.
Not a mathematically correct way to change an exposure. But still close to be similar to changing exposure in RAW settings.
While more correct way is to adjust gain in linear gamma (I mean really 'linear', not 'video', which sometimes incorrectly called 'linear' also), but the offset control is the way many colorists prefer for historical reasons.

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