Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an evening look, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Technically, there's not a lot of difference between the sort of light you…get early evening after sunset to the sort of light you get early morning just before sunrise.…We seem to have a more romantic connection to early evening and sunset, though.…Maybe that's because, most of the time, we're still asleep before the sun rises.…But the corrections for both are remarkably similar.…Here is the Venice clip of the gondola. And let's launch the looks builder and add…a 3-Way corrector, and reduce down the ambient light using the Midtone corrector.…
And then, also push the light towards blue because, in the early evening, just like…in the early morning, the light is much bluer.…We can also bring down the highlights slightly because the highlight are a…little less bright. And, instantly, you've got a much more…convincing scene. Here it is, before and after.…This is a much later time in the day. (SOUND) A finishing touch to this is to…desaturate the color slightly because the less light we have, the less color we see physically.…
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.
- How our eyes see color
- What colors tell the audience
- Making sure color is consistent
- Applying adjustments in the correct order
- Understanding how warm and cool colors frame emotion differently
- Isolating and adjusting skies
- Changing the time of day with color
- Designing interiors like an office, a hospital, or an interrogation room
- Creating fake depth of field
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Do I need any plug-ins or additional software to perform the color grading work shown in this course?
A: This course demonstrates techniques that will work in any color grading software, including the built-in 3-way color corrector tools in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer. However, the author uses some plug-ins for Premiere Pro in this course. While you can still get similar results with other tools, you may wish to try the same tools used in the course. If so, you can install Colorista II and Looks by Magic Bullet. There are free trial versions of these plug-ins available at the Red Giant website at https://www.redgiant.com/downloads/trial-versions/registration/magic-bullet-colorista-ii/.