Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Blur, part of Motion: Lighting Effects in Post.
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Sometimes, our lighting layers are just too sharp and they're fighting to…become the center of attention. This shot, nice, strong, diagonal composition.…The trumpet should be the center of attention. Potential lighting layer, nice,…strong, diagonal composition.…However, when I add it on top, the sharp lines of that lighting layer are…distracting me from the real focal point, the trumpet. Particularly, when I add…in the animation, I'm looking at the surface. I'm not looking the underlying…footage anymore and that's a problem.…
Well, it's simple. Just go ahead and select the layer and apply some form of blur. …Effect > Blur. Lots of Blur to choose from. Gaussian Blur is a good…starting point. Now you see where we're starting to blow out that layer. …I blow it out even more, make it more amorphous. If I need to, I can back off the…strength of the lighting layer to where it's just some hints going across the face …or try another mode.…I like Color Dodge sort of effect. Crank it up and now you see that I have just…
Motion: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use any version of Motion to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris Meyer shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer's attention while adding production value to virtually any shot.
- Selecting the right footage for the right lighting effects Transforming images with lighting and color correction Using vignetting to set the scene Adjusting blur for a subtle change