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Welcome to the free peer-to-peer colour grading course! ??? The idea is that we all have things to learn from each other, so we all grade the same clip and then you explain what you did if someon

Looks good! I had a similar goal, since I also prefer the organic, filmic feel to the image. Before: After: (My God, these stills weigh almost 24MB each..)  

Here's a quickie. A BT.2020-Rec.709 conversion, a curve to highlight the person, some vignette to darken everything else, Kodak 2383 D55 on 40%, slightly boosted saturation and desaturated shadows.

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9 hours ago, xzobinx said:

Would you mind sharing the process ?

Thanks! Yeah, I'll have to remake it for screen grabs, but it's all in Premiere with Lumetri, just noodling sliders. I don't like overly stylised footage, just try to make it look a bit thicker than real life, if that makes sense? 

I don't know if it's good practice or not, but in the curves, I also like to cut off the highs and lows, but then adjust exactly where and how it cuts off depending on the clip. It does make the blacks more dark grey though, so be careful.

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(this is a really quick example, probably too extreme for actually using his curve)

  

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22 minutes ago, Anaconda_ said:

Thanks! Yeah, I'll have to remake it for screen grabs, but it's all in Premiere with Lumetri, just noodling sliders. I don't like overly stylised footage, just try to make it look a bit thicker than real life, if that makes sense? 

I don't know if it's good practice or not, but in the curves, I also like to cut off the highs and lows, but then adjust exactly where and how it cuts off depending on the clip. It does make the blacks more dark grey though, so be careful.

Interesting technique, and it goes to show that curves can be tremendously powerful.

Therefore, I officially announce the...  Curves-only Grading Challenge!

It's totally optional, of course, but it's a fun challenge, and learning the fundamentals can be very helpful.

Rules:

  • You can only use curves to adjust the image
  • The only exception is that you can use a Colour Space Transform plugin to change colour space and gamma

You have unlimited nodes, and combined with keys, layer modes, etc you can do many different things

I'll definitely be trying it :)

 

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For my curves-only attempts, I'm limiting myself to the Lum-vs-Lum curve, so no fancy Hue-vs-Hue or anything like that.

Curves-only challenge #1, a softer more film-like grade:

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Curves-only challenge #2 - a more contrasty grade:

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Normal grading #1:

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That was quite an interesting one to grade.. very contrasty and that clipped red channel was tricky to recover in a natural way.  Plus the strong red light made the denim jacket an awful colour if you tried to WB it 'correctly'.. the jacket on my first attempt looks ok to me, the second looks awful, although I managed to balance the green-magenta ok using the curves, and the last one is more just embracing the fact it's stage lighting and not meant to be compensated for.

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Yup, these are fantastic.
Blacks are black and neutral (just the way I like it), but there is still a lot of detail in the shadows. Skin tones look superb.

Since you are already grading it, I assume you finished cutting it? When do you plan on releasing it?
Can we count on some shooting and editing first-hand experience?

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@kye

Thanks for the comment. It’s a father daughter story. The man is a filmmaker kind of no crew no money, nothing.

 

@heart0less

Thanks for the comment. Editing is finish. Color grading will be ok in a week, I think. But I need time for sound and music. I  almost understand english but I can’t easily write and speak. It's too long and hard to share what I do.

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17 hours ago, BrunoCH said:

@kye

Thanks for the comment. It’s a father daughter story. The man is a filmmaker kind of no crew no money, nothing.

 

@heart0less

Thanks for the comment. Editing is finish. Color grading will be ok in a week, I think. But I need time for sound and music. I  almost understand english but I can’t easily write and speak. It's too long and hard to share what I do.

Sure, it's all right!

Be sure to post the finished result here.

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On 1 February 2020 at 6:59 AM, BrunoCH said:

I  almost understand english but I can’t easily write and speak. It's too long and hard to share what I do.

Write it up in your native language and we can put it through google translate?  Language isn't the barrier it used to be and shouldn't get in the way of talking about what matters.

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