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LUTs 101: Theory


Many of the latest camera systems offer either Log or Raw recording modes that give us the most possible information out of the camera. These features are great at keeping the original camera ‘negative’ as clean as possible, but at the same time they can leave your image on set looking very flat and boring. This is where the use of Look Up Tables (LUT) comes in, which are offsets that allow you to manipulate your image and create a look without affecting the camera originals. This workshop is split into two sections, LUTs 101: Theory & LUTs 201: Practical Application.

LUTs 101: Theory will demonstrate the process for creating a LUT for cameras like the Alexa, Sony F5 & F55, and Varicam. Specific focus is types of LUTs, LUT combinations and layering, and tools used for OnSet LUT creation.

This workshop is split into two sections, On-Set LUT Creation 101 & 201. You can purchase these workshops together at a discount.

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates


Wednesday, Aug 2nd - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: AbelCine, Chicago
LUTs 101: Theory - CHI 8/2/17: $99.00

Workshop Bundles

On-Set LUT Creation Bundle – New York
Purchase this workshop as part of a bundle at a discounted rate.

Bundle Price: $198.00 $158.40

Custom Training

Custom DIT & Engineering Training
Schedule a 1-on-1 or group training. We provide custom training at our offices or at your location.

Price: From: $225.00

Online Workshops

Watch this class online now.
Price: $99.00 for 3 months


  • What is a Look Up Table?
    • 1D vs 3D
    • Understanding the Numbers
    • DeLog Curves
  • LUT Combinations & Layering
  • Legal & Extended
  • Hardware for LUT Creation
  • Software for LUT Creation
    • LiveGrade
    • Link Color
    • Resolve

This class is for those who want to learn the process for creating a LUT for cameras like the Alexa, Amira, VariCam, Sony F5 & F55, and Red Epic, and then applying it in post.


Corey Christian joined the AbelCine team incorey 2016 as a Camera Technology Specialist based out of the NY office. When he isn’t behind a computer, he’s usually out testing gear or capturing new perspectives with his drone. Corey is an Avid Media Composer certified editor, and has previously taught Advanced Editing & Cinematography courses in NYC. Behind the camera, he has shot everything from lifestyle and non-profit stories, to destination weddings with his production company, Going Home Productions. Originally from Farmingville, NY, he attended Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Media Production & Cinema and Media Studies. See more of his work: goinghome.co

Geoff Smith joined AbelCine in 2015 as a Camerageoffsmith_bio Technology Specialist with a focus on workflows from capture to post-production. Geoff has a background in technology from web development to content management at companies like VMware, Lucasfilm and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Prior to joining AbelCine, he worked on an independent feature as a DIT and Assistant Editor. A passionate photographer, his editorial and fine art work has been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as exhibited in New York City and online. Originally from New York, Geoff graduated from California State University, Chico earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Media Arts. Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffsmithphoto


Ian McCausland is one of AbelCine’s Camera Technology Specialists and Trainers. He holds a BA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and his credits include the 1999 Black Sabbath concert video The Last Supper and the 2008 Smashing Pumpkins documentary If All Goes Wrong. As one of the original Abel staff members, Ian was integral to the formation of the company’s rental department in 1990. In 1997, he reprised his role when he moved out West to launch Abel’s Burbank rental department. Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMcCausland


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