Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Stylizing a morgue shot, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Sometimes it's important to show the viewer the physical temperature that is…usually associated with a certain room. In this case in a morgue, these rooms tend…to be cold. So this untreated image doesn't quite look…like the sort of place, so it doesn't have quite the sort of temperature that a…viewer might expect it to. We can easily fix this though.…Let's open up the Looks builder, add a Three-Way Color Corrector, and use our old…trick of cool lighting, to suggest a cool mood.…
This is beginning to change the temperature but these places are quite…dramatic and whenever a morgue is featured in a movie (LAUGH) it's never a friendly…place, so let's increase these shadows slightly.…And also, a nice thing to do here is to add a pool of light or a lighting effect.…Which you can do quite easily with a gradient, in this case the Grad Exposure…tool from the Mat section. Drop down the stops a little bit and…balance some negative lighting if you like from the opposite side of the room that…the main lighting is coming in from. You could decide to go a little bit more…
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/.