I finally found a good picture style for me to start out with.
Martin Beek over at Marvels Films asked me to compare some of his new version “3” (actually version 2.3) picture styles, I tried all of them from his zip file in many different lighting conditions.
The new Marvel 2.3 flat low contrast works really well for a beginner like me. I think others just getting their feet wet with color correction and grading will also like this one as well.
From Martin’s blog here is his description of my favorite picture style:
Slight “best of both worlds” s-Curve for useful flattening of the picture, without introducing flattening artifacts such as “plastic faces” and other 8-bit color gamma defects. Optimized for low contrast shooting situations (e.g. indoors, night).
Classification: No color correction. Light flattening.
Version 2.3 of december 5 2010, by Martin Beek and Bart Keimen, Marvels Film.
I have tried some of the other more “advanced” styles like the version 1.2 (classic) or the new Panalog versions and even after tons of work I can’t make them look half way decent at all. Perhaps the Panalog is designed for the 5D and not the T2i 550D, maybe that is why I can’t get it to work for me.