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Moody Night Color Grading – Teach Me How to Lightroom – 024

November 2, 2019


Whats up everyone, I’m James Young from JamesYoungPhotography.com and I’m bringing you episode number 24 of Teach Me How to Lightroom. Today, we’re taking a look at this Cosplay portrait that I took. It’s a nighttime portrait. We used some off camera flash, And we’re talking moody, color-grading today. Don’t forget, there’s a link in the description For the RAW file so you can download This exact image and follow along. maybe take the edit in a completely different
place, I’d love to see your edit. Make sure you post it on Instagram, Facebook Or whatever. All of my social media Is down there in the description as well. I’d love to see what you post! So lets get right into this thing. Right off the bat, I’m totally happy With the composition. The subjects head kind of falls Right into a third there. I could crop in a little bit, But I’d rather just keep it the way it is. Zoom in one-to-one here And you can see, locked that focus, in at f1.4, shooting 85mm, Getting that real shallow depth of field. So the first thing I wanna do, is scroll straight to the tone curve, and next to point curve here, I just click
Linear, and we change it to Medium Contrast and that just gets us started here. So I’m going to scroll back up, And we’ll make our way through the basic
module. So with the total exposure slider, Im just gonna leave it where its at. I’m totally happy with the in-camera exposure
here. So we don’t have to do anything crazy. But with contrast, we’re gonna crank it
up Just a little bit to 45 or so. There we go Lets leave our highlights exactly where they
are. And we’ll bring up our shadows quite a bit To about 55. Whites are staying where they’re at. And the blacks are going to come down about
minus 20. Perfect So as we make our way down to presence. We’re going to take the clarity and We’re gonna drop this just a little bit. About minus 10 That’s just going to clean up our edges
just a little bit, The midtone contrast And the reason we’re doing this is because this is a portrait and the midtones typically fall into the edges of objects. And in this case, all the various edges That are found in the skin tones. So increasing the clarity is not something
you Typically want to do with portraits. So we just cut it down just a little bit. Now with the vibrance, we’re also Going to cut this down just a little bit. Lets do about minus 15. There we go That’s just going to cut down the Cool tones just a little bit And with the saturation We’re just going to leave it where its at. So this is really the premise or the basic, Portion of the edit. Now we’re going to get into the fun stuff! Lets start split toning and we’re going
to Add that real cinematic type look. And give it that moodier type look using split
toning. So lets scroll down And as soon as we get to the split toning
module, We can start playing. So with the hue slider in the highlights, Where we’re going to go is towards the Warmer area of the spectrum here. So somewhere around 55, 60 or so There we go Now that’s for the hue. And for the saturation, im going to Double click and put it to zero And lets go to about 20 There we go And you can see here its already taking a
huge effect. So lets turn that off And turn it back on It just adds a lot more warmth, obviously
to the highlights. That’s the exact thing we’re going for. Then with the shadows, we’re going to do
the opposite. We’re going to go to the colder side of
the spectrum. Around this blue area here And lets try to land around 215 or so There we go, 215 And with the saturation, lets just make it
around 40 or so 42 is fine Ok Great So you can see the split toning is super powerful
there. Lets turn it off Lets turn it back on You can see it cast a really crazy color grade
on the image. So lets round out what we’ve done here. Lets scroll back up and adjust the total color
temperature here. It started us off at 6300 Kelvin That’s what the camera read. And then plus 19 on Magenta. Im just going to turn off the magenta cast
entirely here. So put that at zero. And then with our color temperature, we’re
going to add More yellow to the image. So lets go around 7050 here. Perfect So you can see, by adding more yellow to the
image, It kinda knocked out all the blue We added into the highlights. But we’re going to bring that back right
now With one of the last things we’re going
to do To acheieve that That real moody, cinematic type look. Now in our tone curve, we’re back here We’re going to give this a matte finish. And the way we do that, we’re going to take the node, Second from the left, double click on it to remove it. From there, I take the node that is all the way to the left and just start raising it a little bit. Now you don’t have to go super high Especially because, you can see here in the histogram, The vast majority of the information In this image is in the blacks and the shadows. So we don’t have to go super high You don’t have to go like this or anything Its just going to completely destroy the image. So lets be real modest with this. Somewhere around here. And it brings back a lot of that look. So that’s the basis of this edit. If you like where it went, You can always make a preset out of it. Just click plus on your presets, And then follow all the onscreen instructions And use it for a preset in your images to
follow But there’s a couple more things I want to do to round out this image. And I think a gradiated filter will be The perfect choice. So I click gradiated filter And next to effect, I’m just going to double click and Its going to zero out all the nodes. And lets do about minus one on exposure. So about one stop I see here, I have a little bit Of light leak from my light here that I used And I’m going to draw a graduated filter from the bottom right hand corner of the frame, going up towards the top left of the frame. Diagonally. So there we go. Fantastic. Let me turn it off. Let me turn it back on. I like that. It just helps round out the image. Obviously, its not quite as dark as This left side here, but that’s ok. We can always lower this if we wanted to. And really make it perfect. But I think this helps in making the subject really stand out of the frame. And then, if I wanted to go on And print this image, I would Turn up the sharpening to around Plus 70 or so. Just to make it real sharp, So that when I print it, I don’t lose any quality. It makes for a fantastic print, Well that’s it for this edit, if you enjoyed
it, If you learned something, it would be awesome if you left a like on the video. And if this is your first time, Checking out one of my videos, It would be super cool if you subscribed. Well, I’m James Young, With JamesYoungPhotography.com, And this is Teach Me How to Lightroom.

3 Comments

  • Reply James Young March 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Whoop whoop episode 24 y'all! 😎

  • Reply cristi bigu March 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for raw file! Wait for next raw to edit 🙂

  • Reply KiAnna Love April 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    ty!!!

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