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Color is a powerful signal in video; it can subtly project emotion, mood, time of day, and location. Learn to manipulate these visual elements in a variety of shots, from interior spaces to outside landscapes, with color grading. Filmmaker, colorist, and experienced editor Simon Walker shows how to simulate a light source and different types of light, and choose an evocative color for your footage to tell the story of a particular location. Plus, learn techniques to change the time of day, the type of room, and the overall mood of a location.
Simon works with Adobe Premiere Pro and the Magic Bullet Colorista II and Looks plugins, but these lessons can be applied to any color correction workflow.
Some of the techniques we used in the previous chapter, about changing the time of day and simulating the evening, can also be used on interior shots. I'm going to bring out looks on this bedroom image, in the same way that we were able to simulate late afternoon and early evening. We can use the mid-tone Luma slider to change the ambient light, or the virtual ambient light, to make it later in the day. And we could also push the highlights towards the bluish lights that you get in the evening, and then deepen the shadows slightly.
Don't forget the other addition of lower light situations in needing a slight desaturation, because of the way our eyes see colors in lower light scenarios. Maybe I'll adjust the mid-tone slider a little lower. But a standard lighting or color grading situation associated with a bedroom is sleeping. And so, this can be later on in the evening or it can be a night time scene. So, these same corrections for exteriors still apply to interior. Notice that the increasing contrast makes the shadows much darker.
I'm going to reset this look file New Look, and suggest that if you want to make the bedroom seem like a more relaxing place, then you don't necessarily need dark shadows. I'll apply a three-way color corrector, and deepen the shadows a bit. Increasing the contrast, deepening the shadows, makes the room seem a little more serious. So, let's reset that wheel. This image doesn't have a high contrast, and the shadows aren't too dark, which kind of fits this setting.
If we wanted to make this scene more relaxed, we could increase the warmth of the lighting in the highlights. And if you wanted to seem a little more romantic, you could add in a little trick that the Impressionist artists began to use in their paintings, which was to add in a pink and purple. And you can hint at these colors which could hint at the relaxing or romantic nature of the particular scene. Certainly in this case a bedroom, but these techniques can apply to a whole series of interior locations.
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