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HOW TO WORK WITH COLOR GRADUATION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHIC EFFECT IN PHOTO

The colors in the photo help to achieve the desired effect. For this reason, many photographers apply color gradation to their pictures. Although this technique is mainly associated with video, it can also be used to create a cinematic effect in a photo. How to do it?

Color gradation is the process photographers use to change the visual tone of an image. Simply put, it is used to control the colors of a video or photo. After the color gradation, the aesthetics of the image will change completely.

Many people, including photographers, often mistakenly confuse color gradation and color correction – these two concepts are different in many ways. As a rule, color correction is simply the correction of several aspects of an image to make it more attractive. The most common fixes include settings for white balance, contrast, exposure, highlighted areas and noise. In the case of color gradation, the process includes adjustments to curves, hue and / or saturation, solid color fillings and levels.

Tips for color gradation of the image

If you want your photos to look distinct, you must master the technique of color gradation. Do not just meet – learn and master it. Changing or shifting the color will give the desired effect. Similarly, due to the color gradation, your viewing audience can better interpret the image, understand the mood.

Color gradation in Lightroom and Photoshop

If you are engaged in color gradation for the first time, you will find that there are different ways to do it. You can use Adobe software (Lightroom or Photoshop) or use any third-party software.

Tip number 1

Use the basic editor panel and adjust the white balance (temperature and tint), exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, white and black colors of your photo. Changing the white balance will make the photo cooler or, conversely, warmer. You must decide what effect you want to get before you work on it.

You can also use the Split Toning tool. Find the color of the shadow that is different from the bright areas in the image. For example, the color of a shadow may be light blue, while the color of a light area will be cream, yellow brown, or some close to beige. Adjust the effect while working on balance and saturation.

Board number 2

Here is what you can do in Photoshop to create a natural or warm effect that is close to skin tone.

Adjust the hue / saturation (hue / saturation) by moving the slider to the left, approximately -15. This will add some drama to the photo.
Work with levels, knocking down the blue channel. Make sure the value on your bottom black slider is in the extreme right position. If you see blue shades in the shadow areas of a photo, then you are doing everything right. To complete this step, move the white slider to the left to make the lighter areas warmer.
Next on the list is the curve adjustment layer. Work on the red, green and blue channel. For the red channel, bright areas should be pulled up. On the green they, on the contrary, should be reset. If you want to get a contrast, raise the glare, while lowering the shadows. Lower and reset the value of the blue channel and repeat what you did for the light areas and shadows (respectively, raise and lower).
Finally, work on a solid color fill. Use something close to a golden or brown shade, but make sure that it doesn’t come out too dark. Choose something close to natural color. Your blend mode should be set to hard light, and the opacity should be around 8%.
Tip number 3

When shooting indoors, do not change the background. This should be done only when shooting on the street where there are trees, plants and other similar objects that can be brought into a more attractive view using the settings.

Tip number 4

Working with saturation (in Lightroom and Photoshop), take time to experiment with the appearance of the object, especially if you are working on human skin. It can work for almost any color, just make sure that the saturation is not too large or too small for your image. Remember how you set the RGB channel.

Tip number 5

To create a cinematic effect, the first thing you need to do is choose the right object, with an eye on the mood you intend to create. In addition, you need to choose a shooting location that allows you to experiment with a shallow depth of field.

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