Testing the EOSHD Canon Picture Profile Pack

Andrew Reid over at EOSHD has released some Picture Profiles for Canon cameras, including a C-Log Emulation profile which seems great.

I can’t test that one properly because I have never even seen true C-Log footage and I only have a 60D, but I decided to go ahead and pick it up anyway for the rest of the profiles he includes in the pack. I’ve shared my thoughts on each of them below, but keep in mind this is my subjective opinion informed by about an hour’s worth of testing on my own face with some 90+ CRI LED lights. I am hoping to publish a much more in-depth look with graded footage to show in a few weeks time. Until then:

Cinema 1 through 4

Not off to a great start. Maybe someone has use for Cinema 1 and 2 but to me, Cine1 is pure nuclear max-saturation max-contrast rubbish. My skin was glowing bright red. Cine2 was a bit reined in but still unusable. Cine3 was where I started to appreciate these. Actually, Cine3 is really nice. It’s a great all-purpose end-grade look. Nice contrast and saturation on this one, maybe a touch oversaturated for me personally but I tend to stick with lower saturation in general. Deep inky blacks, nice lively skintones. Cine4 is even nicer, the widest dynamic range of the lot but a touch of blue in the shadows and warm highlights. I like this one, it may become my go-to.

Chrome

There we go. I was worried this pack would be a total write-off but Chrome is just beautiful. Reminds me of some Philip Bloom grades. He says it’s made “with wintery scenes in mind” and that it has the widest dynamic range of the entire pack save for C-Log. I get where he’s coming from but this is going to be, to me, the go-to cool profile, and Cine4 the go-to warm profile. Beautiful elevated blacks here, not too much noise (at least not more than any other profile with elevated blacks), use multiples of ISO160 though, it’ll control the noise and you have dynamic range to spare.

Scarlett

This one is a Velvia emulation profile, and I see where he’s coming from, but to me this one is a hard sell on anything with skin in it. Too contrasty for that, and it’s too red in the skin. Then again, so was Velvia, so maybe I need to go shoot some landscape stuff with this profile before I make a decision.

Vivid Skintone

Vivid indeed! Similar in feel to Scarlett, without the elevated blacks, without the contrast, but with EVEN MORE saturation. This one really didn’t work for me, as much as I wanted it to. It’s just way too saturated. I’ve been testing everything with his recommended default settings, but I might turn the saturation down a notch or two. He says he developed it with a professional actress, unfortunately I’m just an ugly photographer. I’m going to have to test this one more, as it seems to be the pride and joy of the pack, but it really didn’t impress me.

C-Log

Personally, I’m not a fan of Log profiles on Canon DSLRs. I think the bitrate is way too low, the bit depth way too shallow, and the color sampling not nearly robust enough to hold up to a dramatic grade like you need to do with Log. That being said, I tried it out on the 60D. I saw a lot of very nasty artifacting and blockiness. I promptly replaced the profile on my camera.

The two Monochrome profiles

These look interesting but I didn’t bother testing them. The Mono-Adams seems interesting but very niche and I couldn’t see myself ever using it on any video shoot. The regular Monochrome looked much better and I’m looking forward to playing with it in the future but I wanted to focus on the color profiles right now.

Final Words

I’m looking forward to putting these through their paces and for the price ($10 USD) I really can’t complain. It’s clear a lot of thought and hard work went into these, I just think my 60D really isn’t the target market here. I’m pretty sure Andrew created these with 5D3 and 1DX2 users in mind. Regardless I’d definitely suggest at least checking out the webpage:

Later,
Mark