It’s funny, I was just thinking the other day that X-Rite should release a giant ColorChecker for drone photographers. And, well, they haven’t quite done that (yet). But what they have done is release a giant ColorChecker Video for aerial filmmakers. X-Rite has today announced the new ColorChecker Video XL. It’s like the ColorChecker Video, but bigger. Much bigger.
Colour grading tends to specifically refer to the colouring of video and in photography, we often refer to this as colour toning, but whatever you’re happier calling it, this process of making a conscious decision to apply a specific colour-look to an image in post-production is an incredibly powerful tool.
There are several ways to color correct your images in Photoshop and Lightroom. In this video, Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel gives you a tip that will speed up this process significantly. He teaches you how to set Photoshop’s algorithms in only a few seconds, so you can change the white balance in a single click next time you need it.
Using multiple cameras is common practice for some photographers. For example, wedding and event photographers often use more than one camera at a time. In some cases, there will be more than one photographer using multiple cameras. To complicate things, these photographers might be using cameras or lenses from different manufacturers. No matter how many cameras are used on a shoot, color harmony is important to help tell a cohesive visual story. Datacolor SpyderCHECKR can help make this easy and precise.
When compositing, saturation is one of the more difficult things to really judge with the naked eye. It can be difficult to get things just right, and we can waste hours tweaking things until we get something we’re happy with. Sometimes, we just need a little assistance.
That’s where this quick Photoshop tip from digital artist Antti Karppinen comes in. With the two images on your canvas, all you need is a single adjustment layer to show you the saturation levels throughout your image. Then you can adjust with confidence, knowing that they’ll match perfectly.
Here is a quick little tip that can save you hours and hours of color matching in photoshop. Surprisingly, it does not involve reviewing real colors and matching them.
Digital artist Antti Karppinen just sent us this tip, and I wish I knew this year ago, it would have saved me so much time trying to match colors of various objects in photoshop. Antti tells DIYP how the magic works:
Happy Easter guys! This week I wanted to give you a handy guide for double-checking that your images (with people in them) are as free from distractions as possible, and how to fix any that appear, before you release them. There is another impressive article on how to do this with videos if you prefer some German humor ;).
I like to break my images down into 3 key areas (entirely because of Stefan). These are the following:
- Color Issues
- Luminosity Issues
- Texture/Structure Issues
As long as these three issues are covered, you have a wonderful base to assume that your image is going to be relatively distraction free.
As you probably know, I am a bit obsessed with colors lately. While I was obsessively looking around and searching and asking people until they didn’t answer my requests anymore, something popped up and I have to share it because it’s simple and brilliant:
Color Grading using luminosity masks.
Zoë Noble just released a 10-minutes tutorial on Youtube, explaining the process on a very nice beauty-image.
Since I started to shoot with film, it has been the source of great frustration, especially in terms of colour rendition. Each colour negative that I scan shows and dreadful blue or green cast and it’s a pain to get rid of in Lightroom.
THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL, UNTIL TODAY!
I’ll take the example of Kodak Portra because that’s the one that causes me the most trouble. When you look online at images shot with this film, most of them are looking amazing and show beautiful colours. But when I scan a negative of Portra, it gives this pallid and nauseous look to my poor model.
Control decks have only just recently started to become popular with photographers. They’ve been an integral part of video editing & colour workflows for years, though. Now that the lines between stills and video cameras are a little blurred, the reach of these useful devices has expanded. Other devices like the Palette Gear, and BrushKnob have started to pave the way. But now, we have a more complete desktop controller for talking to Lightroom.
The Loupedeck allows you to quickly and easily access many of Lightroom’s most used tools without having to hunt through dialogues or scroll down lists of options. The control console is aimed amateur and professional photographers who want to work efficiently. Anybody who’s ever come home from a wedding or vacation with a couple of thousand images to sift through is going to understand the benefits of such a device.