Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video What different colors tell the audience, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Telling stories with video is all about prompting an emotional response from the viewer.…And different colors can prompt different responses.…For example, pink and purple can be associated with romance, or friendship.…Yellow and gold can suggest warmth and postive feeling.…Whilst, blue has the contotation of cool temperature.…And cool emotion. Visually, certain colors can appear nearer…and certain colors can appear further away.…Warm colors, like red and orange, seem to project forward, while blues tend to recede.…
This means that you can make sure that whilst you're shooting, different colors…are placed in the foreground and background, to create a sense of depth.…But you can also enhance these colors at the editing stage to exaggerate this depth.…Shots that are edited together, but don't match, can confuse the audience and…unexpected colors or even ungraded shots can lack atmosphere and can also take the…viewer out of the story. So it's important to keep corrections and…grades consistent. These are some of the core concepts to…
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/.