Color grading any image can sometimes be intimidating. Whether it's a beautiful shot from a high end camera, or simply trying to improve Dad's home movies, every shot presents its own challenge.
Things can get even scarier when you're staring at a flat, washed out, image shot using a Log gamma. But as daunting as the task may seem, every image needs the same basic components to look good.
Here's a short list of the things every image needs to look good. Now, this doesn't go very every single type of look, but it DOES apply to a primary correction, which is the natural grade made to the entire image.
Basic things every image needs (for Primary Correction):
1) Black things should look black.,
2) White things should look white.
3) Mid tones should look natural.
4) Saturation should be tasteful.
5) There should be no unnatural color cast.
So next time, you're overwhelmed by a shot, break it down to these steps to help yourself out.
Check out the video below to see more practical tips for color grading footage shot in S-Log2
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