Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Isolating and adjusting skies, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
There are some colors that we're so used to seeing all the time, that we have an…expectation of what they should look like on the screen, and the sky is one of those.…But, the sky changes at different times of day and it changes according to different…weather conditions. I'm using the skies sequence.…And in this shot here from North Welcher, there's a bit of haze going on in the…distance and so the this guy is a reduced blue.…It's probably quite often that a client or a director might say to you why is the sky…not blue? The sky is not blue in that because the…color of the sky that they have their memory isn't the same as the actual…physical color of the sky that you captured on the camera.…
This is sometimes referred to as memory colors, and it's our perception of what…actual specific colors should look like from our own memories.…It's also useful to know why the sky is the color it is and how those colors are…made up. Light is scattered by our atmosphere.…And the more it's scattered, the more white it becomes.…
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/.