Another grade breakdown, and this time back in Resolve. On a recent piece I finished (actually an accompaniment to the piece I did this grade breakdown for), I wanted to do a low contrast look. It actually ended up being a low-contrast-low-saturation look, but here’s how I made it.
We’ll start with a balanced shot:
The first thing we’re gonna do is lower the saturation by a little over half:
Now, to start on the actual low-contrast look, the first thing we’ll do is raise the shadows:
Next step is to hit the mids:
Now on to a sight color cast. I want a faint sense of coldness, so We’ll push some blue into the shadows.
Now we’ll pull it back a little in the mids:
Now just a touch colder in the highlights:
Last step – an edge vignette:
Here’s the final image, followed by a few examples of this look on other shots:
I know this is a quick, simple look, but it works well on a variety of shots (mostly due to the low saturation which counters bad color casts).
Attached is the Resolve PowerGrade for this look. Append it after your first node, don’t forget to adjust that first node 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.
08/28/2012, 5:40 am
Nice. Most of my clients want the “crisp” tv look – but i like the “floating blacks” very. But most of the tv stations don’t accept this look – the black must be on zero (europe). It’s a shame.
04/17/2013, 2:34 am
Here’s a preset for Premiere Pro that’ll give you the Low Con look