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By Robbie Carman | Friday, January 10, 2014

Create a film look with Premiere Pro: DSLR Video Tips

Create a film look with Premiere Pro

Explore DSLR Video Tips at lynda.com.

Feeling left out with our recent episode on creating film looks with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? This week Rich and I will switch apps and show you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro’s color correction and effect features to give your video footage that dramatic “film” look. And just like before—it all starts in post-processing.

By Jan Kabili | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 tips for touching up your photos in Lightroom

You can quickly remove dust spots and unwanted content from your photos with Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool. These tips will help you make the most of the tool.

1. Get help visualizing spots

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When you’re viewing a photo on a small screen, you may not see all the tiny dust spots that can show up later in a print. Use the Spot Removal tool’s Visualize Spots option to locate subtle spots, like the dust on this window.

By Jan Kabili | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to create presets in Lightroom

Lightroom presets are a popular way to add great looks to your photos with just a few clicks. You can apply any of the presets that come with Lightroom or install third-party presets. When you’re feeling creative, make your own unique Develop presets by following these simple steps:

1. Adjust a representative photo

Faux HDR look preset

Open a photo into Lightroom’s Develop module, and adjust the image to the look you want using any of the controls in the panels on the right. For example, I’ve set the controls in the Basic panel to give this portrait a grungy faux HDR look.

By Nicholas Brazzi | Thursday, June 13, 2013

Learn The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline

Last week, I wrote a blog post explaining why I find color correction so exciting, and why it’s often overlooked. Now it’s time to dive into the Art of Color Correction.

Simon Walker’s new course The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline looks at color correction as a storytelling tool and asks the question: How can color corrections help you communicate an emotional message? To answer it, Simon turns to people who built their life’s work around studying color, light, and shading—artists like Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, and even Edward Hopper.

Taking inspiration from some of the best painters in history, this course offers tips on deciding which color palettes and lighting schemes to apply to your video or film. Find out, for example, what you can learn from Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro technique to create tension in a scene.

The course starts with early Renaissance frescos by Michelangelo and Botticelli to demonstrate color saturation and contrast. Next it jumps to the heart of the Renaissance to learn how to work with limited palettes as da Vinci did, and create rich theatrical looks like Rubens. Visit with Impressionists Renoir and Degas to play with sunlight and shadow, and then create some romantic color styles. Finally, consider the work of colorists Picasso and Hopper to see how colors can affect your story.

We think you’ll enjoy how this course explores the history of visual art to help you make strong, effective decisions about your video and film production style.

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By Nicholas Brazzi | Thursday, June 06, 2013

Learn The Art of Color Correction with Simon Walker

The Art of Color Correction

As a video editor, I find color correction one of the most exciting areas of video post-production. I consider it an invisible art—vitally important, but most viewers have no idea that it happens at all.

So what is color correction, and why is it so important? The easy answer is that it’s a manipulation of the color in an image during post-production. Usually color correction is performed to maintain a consistency in color tones throughout a film or video. But very often, manipulation of color can also be used as a storytelling device. Films like The Matrix, Traffic, and O Brother Where Art Thou? are great examples of films that used a unique color treatment as a major storytelling element. Color correction is a standard process in filmmaking and video production, and easily as important to a production’s quality as sound and lighting. The lack of color correction is a common reason that amateur video can look low quality or unfinished.

Like most tasks in video production, color correction requires practice and planning. How do you learn it? First, learn to color correct for consistency across your project. Chances are, you didn’t shoot all of your scenes at the same location, time, or with the same lighting setup—and as a result, the color tones in your shots may be different. I recommend starting with one of the many courses on lynda.com that cover color correction and editing applications (listed below).

Next you should learn to create specific creative styles with color correction. Although the courses listed below get into stylistic topics, they focus mostly on software tools and correcting for shot-to-shot consistency. So I’m pleased to announce that next week we’ll be launching the first course in a new series titled The Art of Color Correction with author Simon Walker. Simon brings along some high-profile teaching partners: Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Hopper. I hope I’ve piqued your interest. I’ll post again when that course releases; until then, check out one of the courses below to prime yourself for The Art of Color Correction.

Color correction toolsPremiere Pro and Adobe CS users:Up and Running with SpeedGradeColor Correction with Premiere Pro CS5.5Premiere Pro: Color Correction and Enhancement

Final Cut X and Final Cut Studio users:Color Correction in Final Cut Pro XColor 1.5 Essential Training

Avid Media Composer users:Color Correction: Creating a Polished Look in Avid Media Composer

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By Lynda Weinman | Monday, May 18, 2009

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snyder-King, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Anderson, Bruce Heavin

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Andersen, Bruce Heavin

Taz is here recording Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, Lesa is recording internal movies for our staff related to iStockPhoto usage, Jay is  recording QuarkXpress 8 Essential Training, Max is our lead training producer and he’s making sure our authors are eating a well-produced meal, Jan is here for a staff meeting, but her next project is Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Megan is relating in her Author Relations role at lynda.com, and Bruce is here for the good meal and conversation with me, who is not in the shot as I am behind the lens taking the photo. We have meals with authors all the time, and now that I am blogging I hope to document these occasions and let you know which authors are in town and what new courses they are cooking up.

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 15, 2009

Dr. Taz Tally at lynda.com

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space as he waits for his movies to render!

My first memory of Taz is from the late 1990′s when I observed his blurry figure running up and down a giant escalator as fast as he could in the lobby of a hotel where a photography trade show was taking place.Years later, when he first came to record video classes at lynda.com in 2004, we invited him to our house for dinner. Bruce and I will never forget Taz showing up, covered in mud from a local hike he took after work, with a live caterpillar poking out of his curly hair! These two examples describe some of the many sides of Taz Tally. He’s a digital photography master, a fitness fanatic,sports a Ph.D. in geology, and  is a true mountain man who loves to hike and explore the wild.

Taz is currently recording a photography color correction course using Photoshop CS4. He pitched the idea to me of creating a fitness video sharing all the techniques he uses when traveling, working at his desk, or how to take advantage of every day situations and objects instead of gyms and cumbersome equipment. What do you think? Are we ready for fitness videos at lynda.com?

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