For the last of the vintage look series, we’ll work on a moody, rich red look. We’ll start with this base shot:
Our first step is to crunch the miss – we want a darker, moody look, and the mids are the first place to hit:
Next, we’ll try to pull some shadow detail back in by lifting the blacks:
We’re going to be fighting for detail in the shadows the whole time with this look, so keep an eye out for that – you want the shot dark but not completely crushed.
Next we’ll raise the highlights up:
Now we’ll start pushing some color into the shot. We want a rich red look, and the shadows are the best place to push that red without affecting the skintones too much:
We’ll push a warm tone into the highlights to enhance the red but still keep the skintones in acceptable ranges:
We’ll use the mids to pull the shot back (standard push-pull technique) a little cooler, primarily focusing on the jacket – we want some color separation from the booth:
We’ve got our separation, but we lost some of the red in the shadows. We’ll push the shadows a little warmer, but we want a tighter influence without spilling into the mids. So, switch over to the Log color wheels and push the shadows into the warm hues:
Then cool the mids again :)
The shot just isn’t quite warm enough, so we’ll push the whole shot warmer in the offset control:
No we need to do a major fix for this shot: the milk is yellow. Who wants to drink yellow milk?
We’ll pull a key/qualifier:
And put a window around the glass to restrict any spill (I also tracked it as his hand moved…)
All we need to do to “fix” the milk is push the offset towards the cooler hues:
Our last step in Resolve is going to be a vignette around our subjects:
First we’ll crush the blacks a little:
Then we’ll lower the mids too:
Last up, we’ll raise the highlights a bit so the table doesn’t get too dark:
Here’s the final node structure in Resolve:
Like all of the previous looks, I took this shot into After Effects and added some Cinegrain goodness, letterboxed the shot, and ended up with this:
Attached is the Resolve PowerGrade for this look. Append it after your first node (this PowerGrade does not include the first “balancing” node in the image above), don’t forget to adjust the first node you already had to balance your specific shot. As usual, feel free to use this look in your projects all you want, but please don’t share or distribute this preset. Instead, send them here to get it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this vintage looks series! Let me know what other types of looks you’d like to see a series on in the comments. It just might happen!
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