Junior Creative Getting To Grips With the Sony F5

This week for my Creative Feeding Day, I gave my Nikon a break and swapped it for a camera that means business! Soup’s Sony F5 is a high end professional film camera that can shoot in an impressive 4K! I didn’t have the opportunity to use big-budget gear like this at University so it was incredibly exciting to go out and practice with it!

I filmed the famous clock tower, which is the second most photographed clock in the UK, after Big Ben, and I also explored the Cathedral grounds, the River Dee and the amphitheatre. It was an overcast day so unfortunately there wasn’t much detail captured in the sky.

Chester Clock Tower
Chester’s Clock Tower
The Botanist
The Botanist

The new thing for me, when working with a camera like this, is the Colour Profile. Sony’s S-Log2 provides a flat, low contrast and desaturated image. You would think this is a bad thing, but it actually gives you the most flexibility in post-production and a high dynamic range when colour grading. Dynamic range refers to the extent of detail in the highlights and shadows of an image, so the higher dynamic range the better. It takes a lot of work to get a decent result using flat colour profiles, however once colour graded, it is what gives films that cinematic look!


Chester Lamp Post
Street Lamp by the River Dee

Essentially everything filmed is colour corrected or graded either to make it look more natural or to make the footage look stylised. In my footage, I decided to go for a warm vintage look and for the street lamp shot, I aimed to make it more dark, moody and reminiscent of the Victorian Era.

Being a Film Colourist, is very skillful and takes a lot more work than you might think!

Emily Roberts, Junior Creative

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