Even the collocation “color correction” makes me shiver. It is my headache, my misery, my hopelessness. The paradox is that I can identify whether the color is good or not, but I do not know how to fix it. In theory everything sounds pretty easy. I have seen dozens of videos about color correction and was never able to improve my footage.
I watched a couple of video tutorials about three way color corrector, and was inspired by apparent simplicity of an effect. I have tried to use it, and as I expected before I have failed. Instead of changing the color three way color corrector gave me a chance to enjoy colorful stripes on the screen. My attempts to set input levels ended with this:
Sometimes restarting a program is enough to solve a problem, however not this time. As there is another way to do color correction, I kicked to the tab “color”. On the left side of the screen there is a “lumetri scopes” where we can see a Vectorscope YUV. It is very convenient to see the graph in addition to a still.
The main color of this clip is yellow. My mistake as a cameraperson was that I have forgotten to change the white balance after shooting on a street. To reduce yellow through color wheels I have changed the settings of shadows, midtones and highlights to blue and decreased temperature as well.
As we can see, that was too much. To make it look more balanced I moved wheels closer to the center, but left it on a blue side. This time a still looks as if it has a correct white balance while shooting.
What I did with the second clip was similar to the previous one. The difference is that initially blue color was prevalent in lieu of yellow. At first I have changed midtones to yellow, then I added red tones and increased temperature, but I was not satisfied with the color.
To make the picture look redder I used “tint” settings. After that I have tried to find a suitable balance of blacks and whites. I also made picture to seem more contrast.
With this still apart from basic correction I made attempts to create a mood. I started exploring RGB curves. To make plants and a bin green, I use points on a hue saturation curve, but I have forgotten about one important detail – I did not apply mask for it. However, I have witnessed an unexpected result – picture did not turn into green, it obtained dull grey color instead. Thus, my color theory failed once again.
I guess that my inability to make color correction in some way I inherited from my grandmother, who is color blind and cannot distinguish particular colors. But I need to practice a lot, to understand who is responsible for my failures – my legacy or my passivity.