Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Stylizing a cold location with color grading, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Let's have a look at how we'd color correct a location to make it seem colder.…I'm using the cold landscape sequence, and I've applied magic bullet looks to this…clip, but without any settings. And I'm going to hit Edit Look to bring up…the interface. When the sky is overcast and there is very…little sunshine, the way the Earth's atmosphere scatters the various…wavelengths of light, means that we see a slight blue tinge in the brightest areas.…We can simulate this with a three-way color correction by just moving the…highlights towards blue. Just a little bit like so.…
Here's the before and after. And this is actually what snow looks like.…It's predominantly white with a slight bluish tinge.…In the original photograph, it's very likely that the camera has a white balance…setting or has been adjusted for this particular shot to seem so white.…But in real life, we do see an ever (INAUDIBLE) slight blue tinge in real…world lighting conditions. But when we see snow in movies, why is it…always so blue? Well, it's a stylized effect.…
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/.