I get this question a lot. Why the heck are you adjusting things in the node before the LUT? Doesn't it make sense to put it on first and then tweak it?
Here's my thoughts on that:
It all comes down to how you control what the LUT is doing. Do you want the LUT to be the final say in the colors of the image, or do you want to change what the LUT looks like? Either might be the best thing to do at the time, but it's up to you!
Hope that helps the confusion!
Here's a little guide on how to actually use those fancy new LUTs you just downloaded. Hope that helps!
- Casey w/GC
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Everybody who even dabbles in color grading seems to be excited about the first affordable color surface by Tangent, the Ripple. With a price that's roughly a third of other surfaces, it's a very interesting product indeed.
In this video, GC Trainer Casey Faris gives his thoughts on the new surface.
So, should you buy one?
If you do some color grading, but it's not your full time job, it might be nice to have. If you're color grading all the time, you might consider a more fully-featured surface.
Here's the feature list from Tangent:
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