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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.
This is how hospitals look, isn't it? Dark, dramatic, lots of contrasting colored lighting. Well, actually no, they don't look anything like this, this is a treated shot. A hospital actually looks like this. Lots of the colors quite bright, often they've got friendly, warm colors on the walls. But why do we constantly see hospitals portrayed with these green colors, especially in the walls or on the bed linen. Well, it might be because we're used to seeing these sort of colors in hospital on the gowns. Where you've got lots of bluey green or blue gowns worn by either the patients or the surgeons.
And this works remarkably well for drama because, these color gowns reflect nicely the skin tone, they contrast against the skin tone. They're complimentary colors, they come from the opposite side of the color wheel. So, we tend to get these colors in hospital dramas or settings within a hospital quite often. I'll just jump back to the first clip. So, if you wanted to recreate this look, I'll just reset Colorista and open up the color wheels. You could increase the tension and the drama by increasing the shadows, decreasing the saturation and then moving the colors towards this tealy blue. Change the mood with the midtones, and then you change the tension and the drama quite significantly.
Here we've got these darker shadows with a slight tint to teal, balanced against a really bright set of highlights. You can tell as a viewer, that this is a dramatic scene. What if you wanted to have a reasonably accurate look and reflect things that hospitals are known for, which is their clinical nature and sterile environment? Let's disable Colorista and open up Looks /g. One way you can do this is by grabbing a Three-Way Color Corrector and slightly exaggerating the shadows. So, you've got a nice, crisp contrast between the shadows and the highlights. Of course because we're operating RGP space in Looks, every time we increase the contrast, we get a slight boost in the saturation.
So, I might in this case just slightly tweak the saturation down so, its not overly colorful. I'm going for a more naturalistic look and the other tool I like using for this sort of effect in Looks is the Pop tool, which lives over in the post section. This increases the local contrast, it helps define sharp edges in an image without increasing the saturation. So, increasing the Pop to say something like 50, helps define these edges.
So, here's the before and the after. It removes any slight haze in the image and gives extra definition. So, let's have a look back in the timeline. Here's the difference, here's the before and after. Before and after. So, this isn't an especially dramatic look, but it's clean and it's clinical and it's got defined lines.
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