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Difference between tint in camera and green/magenta light filters?

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I'm planning on shooting a scene where I cover the lens in a half plus green gel to achieve the look I want. What is the difference between doing that and changing the tint value of the camera to get a more green image?

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The signal becomes RGB after debayering so playing with green channel changes green and playing with the blue and red channel together changes magenta.

In theory, you'd have less noise if you filter in front of the lens rather than adjusting the levels in camera depending on how far you want to go, but you'd be better off using CC Green camera filters rather than lighting gel, which is not optically clear, it will soften the image somewhat.

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