Time flies. The Color Grading Breakdown Series has reached the double digits! When I started this series about a year ago, my goal was to release a breakdown every week. I clearly failed at that, but at least the series is still alive and kicking! Check out this great shot captured by my talented friend Gab BT:
Color Grading Breakdown
Exterior shots can be tricky. But in this case, the source footage was great. It was shot at magic hour with nice flares, slick camera movements and decent focus.
A custom contrast curve. Nice black levels and good contrast to get rid of the log look.
Using printer lights (or color wheels) I removed yellow and added blue to get a somewhat neutral color look.
Green was removed from the shadows to get a magenta look (and by removing a color it got darker, but I didn’t mind).
The same previous process was applied to the midtones, but slightly bluer.
Using a blurred highlight key, the sky was warmed up a notch to get that sunset mood.
A diagonal oval vignette was added to emphasize the lighting direction created by the sun flare.
Lastly, a power window was used on the guy to bring out some brightness and give the final kick.
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Missed the previous shots from the Color Grading Breakdown Series? Catch up right here!
Music: Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out of It