Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Contrast, part of After Effects: Lighting Effects in Post.
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Another common thing you need to do is play around with the levels of your…lighting clip. Here is our trumpet player again and here is something we want…to use as a lighting source.…It's primarily white with some gray levels. However, the white is not full…white and the gray is certainly not full black. There is a couple of ways we…can go with this. My first approach is to increase the contrast in this clip.…So it goes from maximum black to maximum white giving me the maximum…flexibility to blend into the clip.…So I'll select this and apply Effect > Color Correction > Levels. This gives me…a nice Histogram where I get to see the distribution of the white levels.…
I'll bring the Input White point down to tickle my highest white value and my Input…Black up to tickle the lowest black value. And now I have full contrast.…Now if I was to apply it with the mode such as Overlay mode, I'm going to get…the maximum contrast from brightened areas to darkened areas for my lighting…effect and you see how the light is playing across the trumpet. If I find that…
After Effects: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use virtually any version of After Effects to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris Meyer shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer's attention while adding production value to virtually any shot. Chris also discusses how to create lighting clips from scratch, either with a camera or by using Fractal Noise.
- Adding fractal lighting effects Transforming images with lighting and color correction Using vignetting to set the scene Adjusting blur for a subtle change