Today, Paul has given a colour learning exercise. Colour grading is a new area for me but I believe colour does make an important roles to a film, because the colour grading well can have a startling effect on the look and feel of a film. Having gone through the basics of colour grading I understand that essentially what is involved is working with hue (the colour), saturation (moving through from white/grey to muted tones to vibrant colour) and luminance (the brightness of a colour). Premiere Pro has a Three-way Colour Corrector that allows an editor to fully manipulate these three key elements.
I used clips from Lenny shoot, repeated 3 times with different colour grades on it.
The first thing I wanted to try was to warm up the colours. So, the first edit screen I increased the shadows and decreased the mid tones. This is pretty raw but I was working with that overall colour change.
Then, I worked to increase the shadows and broaden the mid tones to try to get more depth to the image.I pushed the master hue out of the green/blue range into blue and kept the range of mid tones and highlights broader.
Lastly, this is my favourite colour tones of them all. I pushed the general hues into the warm range just to see what it gave me and this worked quite well because it looked cleaner and better balanced.