As you color correct log images, one of the things you may notice is that as you expand contrast you cannot exactly check sharpness until the base color correction is done. How do you keep an eye on sharpens? Author Patrick Inhofer gives you tips and tricks for making sure that your image is still sharp when color grading in DaVinci Resolve.
- As you start color correcting logged images,…one of the things you're going to notice…is that as you expand contrast,…image sharpness really kicks up.…The image comes to life.…And a lot of that has to do…with the perceived depth of the image.…It also means you can't really check sharpness…until you've done that base color correction,…expanded out the contrast,…maybe even added a little bit of color.…And this shot that we've been working on…really is a great example.…
If I Command + F so you can see it full screen…and then Shift + D, it's tough to tell.…He definitely looks soft to me.…His face doesn't seem to be in focus.…If I Shift + D, I come to that conclusion again.…He is out of focus, although I like the rest of the image.…I kind of like the softness I'm seeing in most of the image.…It's really just on his face and maybe his upper torso…that I want to dial in that sharpness.…
And now that we've done the contrast expansion,…it's a perfect time.…I'll Command + F out of this.…I'll Option + F back into our node tree,…
Once you're familiar with the differences between log, raw, and flat recordings, explore two different methods for color correcting that footage. First, Patrick shows you how to color correct manually, using the traditional tools in DaVinci Resolve. Then, he explains how to use lookup tables (LUT), and discusses LUT strengths and limitations.
- Differentiating between raw and log recordings
- Differentiating between cameras that record flat vs. log
- Setting project-wide raw and LUT preferences
- Applying LUTs to footage
- Exporting LUTs from Resolve
- Color correcting raw footage
- Color correcting log footage
- Using LUTs with log, raw, and flat footage
- Importing, exporting, and managing LUTs in Resolve