Shooting video using Canon Log is about more than just maximising dynamic range. While all of Canon's Cinema EOS Cameras, most XA and XF camcorders and some mirrorless and DSLR models offer a variety of Log-based gamma curves designed to retain detail in both the darkest and brightest parts of your footage, Canon Log is capable of far more than this. It also increases flexibility in colour grading, allowing a creative editor to really go to work on a video's colour palette. This makes it possible to produce a stylish, cinematic look that can become the cinematographer's visual signature.
"In a graded image, I look for my own interpretation of reality," says Italian cinematographer Ivan D'Antonio. "I want to create something that looks familiar and natural, but at the same time it shouldn't be just a perfect representation of nature. It should reflect the beauty of nature through someone's vision, as a painter does."
With a background as a painter himself, Ivan describes himself as "more like a macchiaiolo – one of the Italian impressionist painters. I prefer to find the truth of how I see things and not how they 'should' look." He has shot with Canon since the start of his career, beginning with a Canon XH A1 camcorder, then a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (now succeeded by the EOS 5D Mark IV). "I always prefer Canon, as I feel the colours are really painterly," he says.
Ivan started using Canon Log in the Canon EOS C100, then in a variety of Cinema EOS cameras. "Using Canon Log really improved the way I work," he says. "I started to be more free, and really started to experiment and develop my style."