Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Video Color Grading

So, overall, it seemed like everything was fairly dark. I'm gonna go over to color. On this shot, I think I might have played around with. Yeah, this one actually warmed up, and you can see it at eight. So what I typically do is... Let's see if I can make this... So what I typically do is I'll warm it up until it seems like I notice it, and then I back it off a little bit. So right there, it was at 16. That's probably how I came up with eight before because... and then you can toggle along your basic correction what it was before and what it is now. And actually I see that we're clipping our reds. You know and we may just... Oh we've got a contrast adjustment too, I see. Let's zero that out. Even still, yeah. Yeah, so when we... Oh and I see with the saturation adjustment. Okay, so we zeroed all that out. And we're getting close to clipping our reds. And of course that's what happens when you shift your temperature balance. Watch the panel. See how the... As it gets cooler, the reds go...

down and the blues go up. As it gets warmer, the reds go up. So often times that's how you can really determine if you're looking at the scope there and the image just looks right. Typically the red, green, and blue channels are all very much align or very close. If you see a very warm image, typically the reds are above. And of course the inverse with the blues. So, I'll put that back at eight. I mean, I like the overall highlights are okay. What I might do is just bring the black level down. What happens with that is we lose some of our shadow detail, so you can either bring it up here, bring the black levels down a little bit, either do that or I know for some of you guys that are just getting into editing, this might seem kind of overwhelming, but I don't know. This Lumetri Color panel, you're not gonna hurt anything, right? So just have at it, right? Just play with it and see. I mean don't... See what contrast is if you've never played around with these controls, just see what it does. And when you look at the scopes on the left, it's cool 'cause it gives you feedback. It's showing you, okay, it's stretching the images, it's bringing our highlights up, it's bringing our shadows down. You can also just hit auto. Auto always has interesting effects. It actually worked out pretty good in that setting other than there's some clips information on the left, but you're gonna click that information anyways it seems like because that's right where our sun's shining. And there's not much detail there, so I'm okay with that. Alright, so our blacks. We'll bring it down to about five. Shadows up. So now I'm just gonna rock through this. There are other options. Of course, you can get into the weeds here with premiere. You could learn just... I bet you guys even have a color grating class. So I don't want to get to deep into this, but on the right hand side you've got other options. You know, you've got creative. You can even toggle through different looks. If you wanted to apply kind of a more extreme look, you know, you can do that. So there's these kind of preloaded looks. So it's always great. There's always something you can learn in these programs. I mean there's always something new. Also of course, curves. You've got the standard curves. You guys are used to working in that. Sometimes I'll work with the color wheels. The nice thing about the color wheels... Oh that's right, I lifted the mid tones. The thing I like about the color wheels is it's just a real quick way to... If it seems like the mid tones are a little down, you can just raise them up a bit. That's something I do quite a lot. Okay, cool. But let's just cruise through this top part of the Lumetri panel. So our black level, about right there. Shadows, we lifted the shadows a little bit. Maybe we'll add... You know what we'll do is overall we'll add an adjustment layer and just adjust the saturation level that we want later on, but right now, we're just gonna do basic levels' corrections. (gentle pop music) That is... (gentle pop music) Oh, I see. That's that shot. (gentle pop music) In the case of when you've got studio lights looking right at you, you definitely have to look over at the scopes to judge the image a bit. So this one... I might just adjust the exposure a bit. After awhile you kind of have a sense where things should be. I just raised it by 2/3 of a stop. (gentle pop music) yeah. Do you use previous conversion? The previous stuff that I did? Yeah, so if you have a similar shot and if you have similar camera settings, yeah. Workflow wise. One, you can do a couple of different things. If it was one long clip, you could actually toggle over and just affect the master clip. So see up here on the right where it says Lumetri panel? Right now, we're working on the clip that's in the sequence, but you can click on master and then it would actually affect the entire clip. Which I do sometimes, if I know the entire clip needs adjustment. The other thing that you can do of course is click on the clip, you go over to your effect's controls. It's kind of a mess right now with all the stuff that's open, but you click on Lumetri color, you copy that, and then you paste it onto the next clip. So that can save you some time too. But since I'm doing mostly levels' adjustments, I'm going to get in that one Let's do 2/3. Let's get our scopes back going. Make sure were not clipping anything. Yeah we're far from clipping anything in that shot. Let's go up to full stop. Let's see. And I'm gonna go real quick with this. Of course, we could... Yeah, this one could just stand to be maybe up in exposure, maybe. Let's try point six. You start noticing a theme that it's probably about time to add an adjustment layer, right. And save yourself some time. (gentle pop music) So let's do that. Let's listen to reason here. Go over to your project panel right here, and add an adjustment layer. Actually, we created that adjustment layer earlier and then got rid of it. Let's bring it back. And then, let's just add exposure level of yeah, point seven. And of course, this guy. Back to effects' controls. Okay. Okay. Hard working on this little screen. Okay. So that one we affected the exposure too much and get my scopes going. (gentle pop music) Looking a little lifted, so let's... (gentle pop music) Okay. This one, let's add some contrast. And then lower our black levels. (gentle pop music) Sorry, I meant to just do that adjustment layer. (gentle pop music) Well that's interesting. Yeah, that's pretty interesting, okay. But I like the exposure there. (gentle pop music) Maybe lift that one up. So that's the thing. Even with an adjustment layer, you're gonna need to make some adjustments like that so, exposure, six, add some contrast. (gentle pop music) and that last shot. We got a dissolve so you want to come over to the clip that is not in the dissolve and exposure, maybe up a third. Point three. Some contrast. And again, I'm just doing this real quick, and then on the adjustment layer, let's get that adjustment layer over the whole, whole thing and then let's add some saturation back. (gentle pop music) yeah, okay. So let me go to a shot that's... Once the day kind of... Let's see. Point. Yeah, so I would just adjust overall globally on that adjustment layer saturation. So... Just add a little bit back. So, maybe there. So, we should be good to go. And here's our clip. (gentle pop music) You know obviously we could warm up things globally with that adjustment layer as well. (gentle pop music) Cool, awesome.

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