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12-12-2006, 02:05 AM
Hello all,

Tonight was my very first try at color correction (Photoshop 7). I took these last night (that's yours truly). Apologies for the lack of focus on myself, it was mighty hard to take a picture, look at the viewfinder, adjust focal length, go stand at the exact spot, do it again, etc. The main reason for these is that I would love to have a DVX100/HVX200/XH A1, but it won't be economically feasible for at least another year or two. So in the meantime I figured I should start playing around with locations and experiment with framing/composition/lighting, all that stuff. I'm completely new at this, but the material on these forums is so inspiring... anyways. Any tips on CC on these pictures? Is there a good tutorial for CC (maybe geared for photographers, since I don't have a camera yet) on the web? Any pointers as to where to look for information would be greatly appreciated.


~ gabe

Original (all of these on a Rebel XT, el cheapo 28-200 lens, wallymart tripod)
http://static.flickr.com/134/320300826_af7f92cc4f.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/134/320300826_af7f92cc4f_b.jpg)

http://static.flickr.com/144/320301062_270578ae4b.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/144/320301062_270578ae4b_b.jpg)

Original (bokeh's halfway decent, for a sub-200 lens, IMO):
http://static.flickr.com/143/320300159_778d689389.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/143/320300159_778d689389_b.jpg)

http://static.flickr.com/135/320300646_b6c99ac8e8.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/135/320300646_b6c99ac8e8_b.jpg)

12-12-2006, 09:50 AM
I like the first original better than the CC version. The second photo's CC looks better than the original, but if you ask me the bleached bypass crushed blacks look is overused and rarely done correctly. Generally there needs to be a purpose to pursue a particular look, let the contect dictate the tone.

12-14-2006, 05:13 AM
This CC'ing would you do this on photoshop then put it in premiere ? i mean how would you make your video look like that theme liek the hole thing ? do you get me i'm trying to learn

12-14-2006, 11:45 AM
Precisely. I don't know. I certainly don't have money for a DVX or an HVX/XH-A1, so in the meantime I'll create a storyboard with shots from my digital SLR. I'm assuming that CC is as easy or easier with NLE's. In Photoshop all it took was desaturating (almost to 100%), upping the contrast, and adding some diffuse glow for fake film grain. But I'm sure there's much better ways of doing CC - this is my first attempt at photography.

12-28-2006, 04:26 PM
I liked the original lighting in both these instances. For colour correcting tests I'd try changing each of the two shots to different moods such as:

Terminator/James Cameron Blues
Angelic colours [whites]
hells corridors [reds]

and have some fun !