Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Contrast, part of Motion: Lighting Effects in Post.
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Here's our trumpet player again and here's the lighting layer we'd like to add…to it. The lighting layer has a nice diagonal orientation that more or less…matches what's going on with the trumpet.…The problem is that there's not a lot of contrast going on in this layer. …So go ahead and apply it in something like Overlay mode. I just don't see that much…lighting going on, not that much animation.…I can try other modes such as Multiply or Color Burn, but there's just not…enough contrast. So let's add some contrast to that lighting layer. I'll select it.…
Apply Filter > Color Correction > Levels.…I'll open up the Inspector for it and now with my Histogram, I can see that…my lighting is only in a very narrow band of values. I'll bring down my input…white to go ahead and boost the whites. I'll bring up my input black to go…ahead and give more contrast.…You can see what's happening in this upper-left corner here and it has a much…stronger result on the trumpet player. Now, I actually see light and shadow…
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