Colour correcting

Shot One is a medium close up of an interview subject in a white room. I chose this particular shot because I am intrigued by the blue source of lighting that casts a strange ‘blanket’ colour over the rest of the frame. 

Original shot
Original shot

Using the colour correction tools, particularly playing with saturation settings, input and output levels, I have attempted to colour correct the frame by eliminating that strange blue hue. The result (below) presents a somewhat cleaner looking image, brighter and more inviting. The yellow of the interviewee’s t-shirt is actually noticeable in this shot, while in the former it tends to be lost under the general darkness.

Attempt 1

My second colour correction attempt was more experimental than anything else. I wanted to try and remove all colour and then add one dominating colour on its own. That dominating colour would be blue. The result (below) is interesting to look at but I would never include it in the current documentary we are working on because it’s quite abstract looking. I do, however, like the emphasis given to the background poster. It definitely attracts more attention than it does in the other shots.



Shot Two is a very slightly high angled shot focusing on make-up equipment strewn across floorboards. I chose this particular shot because I think that although the original image (below) is pretty bland, the colours in the frame have potential to be exaggerated and quite visually appealing.

Original shot
Original shot

Using the colour correction tool, again playing with saturation and input/output levels, I have attempted to bring the colours out in the following image. I think that these corrections work really well with the particular shot because of the content within frame. For example, the dirty make-up pads in the background are so much more vivid in the second image, actually inviting our attention. The same can be said for the red nail polish bottle in the foreground which now grabs our attention.

My second colour correction attempt is again experimental. Basically, my line of thinking went that since make-up is traditionally associated with females, what stereotypically ‘girly’ colour could I splash across the shot = pink. So I’ve attempted to do that in the final image but I feel that it doesn’t work nearly as well as the second one because all of the small details become lost.


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