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How To Retain Sky Detail & Highlights When Color Grading Your Footage

Source: Noam Kroll Blog

How To Retain Sky Detail & Highlights When Color Grading Your Footage


I’m a sucker for natural light, and am always looking for optimal ways to capture and process my shots to ensure I’m getting the best possible results. Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I love capturing a beautiful sky, and as a result I’ve picked up some valuable tricks along the way. Whether I’m shooting a scene between two actors that’s staged in front of a setting sun, a portrait of someone backlit by the sky, or a landscape shot – I almost always rely on the same techniques for my color process to ensure I retain as much sky detail as possible. In this post, I’m going to break down some very simple but effective color grading techniques that I highly recommend for retaining your highlights on high contrast shots. While the focus of this post is largely specific to retaining sky detail, the exact same principles I’m outlining here can be applied to just about any other high contrast shooting scenario. Before we jump in, I want to briefly make the point that these techniques will be most effective when you apply them to footage that has been shot with the color process in mind. In other words, by understanding your camera’s dynamic range capabilities and how to best expose your images to maximize DR, you’ll give yourself the best starting place to work from. For the purpose of this article, I’m not going to get into detail on exposure techniques or anything else camera related, as my advice on that…Read more at: How To Retain Sky Detail & Highlights When Color Grading Your Footage


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