Darren’s been busy in the editing room lately, working on finishing touches to three videos for Algoma University’s Foundation Office. Molly Media Studios was contracted by the Foundation Office to produce three videos for their current capital campaign, Essential Elements: The Campaign for Algoma University. All these pics are from one of these videos, during the color grading process (what some people misname color correction).
This screeenshot from the video shows Ashley and Nona, her professor, in the art studio at Algoma University looking at Ashley’s work done during the past semester. She is very talented, by the way, and produces beautiful artwork which is subtle and bold at the same time. Beautiful stuff.
But the pic is a bit yellow, isn’t it. Let’s fix that.
The color graded clip has beautiful skin tones and is more pleasing overall. The blue in Nona’s shirt seems to have more life, and Ashley’s hair doesn’t seem so yellow/blonde. This was achieved by pushing the midtones and the highlights over towards the blue edge of the color spectrum and away from the yellows. Not much, but just a subtle push was enough to achieve this look. You always have to be careful not to overdo color grading — it is very easy to keep on pushing a look into the realm of what looks completely over the top. Be careful of that.
Nice shot of the sign welcoming folks to Sault Ste. Marie, but kind of overexposed and light overall. Some blacks need to be introduced to the shot and the midtones could be brought up slightly. And possibly a little saturation increase toward the blue/greens so that the words of the sign will pop out some more.
Much better, right?
See if you can look at the rest of the screenshots and figure out what has been done to color grade them into their new form. This is one of the best exercises I can think of if you’re trying to learn color grading — look and compare and figure out what’s been done!
- Color Grading with Molly Media Studios – Algoma University Foundation Videos (mollymediastudios.wordpress.com)
- Color Grading with Molly Media Studios (mollymediastudios.wordpress.com)
- Update from the Editing Room – The Innovation Centre speaks to Entrepreneurs for a reason! (mollymediastudios.wordpress.com)
- Update from the Editing Room – City of Sault Ste. Marie video library (mollymediastudios.wordpress.com)
- Demos and Renos at Molly Media Studios (mollymediastudios.wordpress.com)