If you dont have lightroom these color grading principles will translate into whatever program youre using for it in your photo. I just want to say if you like this video and you learned something new, please make sure i hit the like button and if youre new around here and havent subscribed and like drone related content, please make sure to hit the subscribe button. Make sure the notification bell is on so you dont miss any of my other videos, so im going to be editing this photo. This is a photo that has come straight from my mini 2. It is a raw photo and its off a fantastic location. Black head white house in northern ireland, but, as you can see the photo looks a little lackluster. It looks a little gray. It looks a little drab, its slightly underexposed. If youve ever heard me talking about exposure, i always slightly under expose my images. I just think it gives more dynamic range in post and im going to show you how you bring that information out now and im going to try to stick to under five minutes and show you really quickly how to edit this photo to make. It look way. Better than it does now so the first thing im going to do is bring down the highlights and bring up the shadows, because we underexposed the image. We want to pull all that information out of the shadows im just going to bring the shadows way up.

The next thing im going to do is im going to add an s curve, so im going to add a point in the middle and im going to bring down the lower half of the s curve and its going to bring that down to a point where Im happy with ill maybe come back and tweak this in a minute. The next thing im going to do is im going to bring up vibrance and im going to bring up saturation just to a point im happy with and already you can see that theres just so much more color and pop coming out of this image. Now it still looks a little bit too dark, so im going to bring in a tiny bit of exposure exposure is one you dont want to really play about with too much bringing in too much exposure can really start to blow out your image and make it Look pretty terrible so im just going to bring it up just a little bit. Okay, the next thing were going to do is im going to bring in a little bit of contrast. The whites are standing a little bit too much. I find that whites that are really really white take away from a cinematic image. If youre going for a cinematic look, ive always found that more muted whites give that appearance so im going to bring the whites down a bit and im also going to bring the blacks down a bit just to make it contrasty again.

Im also just going to have a play about with the temperature just to get a temperature. I feel right. You dont want an image that looks too cold like this or an image that looks too warm. You just want an image that looks really nice and natural. Okay, this is looking great already. The next thing, or slightly more advanced thing i want to do – is the blues just arent really standing out much to me, the greens and the rest of the image im happy with saturation wise. I think it looks great, but the blues and the water just look far too gray. I want to bring out the blues in that water. So what im going to do is im going to go down to color, mixer and im going to go to the blue section and im going to start having to play about just to get something that i think, looks good, so im going to bring up the Saturation of the blues, and already you can see that thats making the c much deeper im going to have a quick go, bringing up the saturation as well as some of the area of the sea here. Well, i thought was accurate, but yeah, okay, so definitely down and around the bottom left of the image here. Bringing up the saturation for the aqua really enhances the image. The next thing im going to do is play about with d heres a little the d his feature of the lightroom package i find just really can enhance an image sometimes, and so just by bringing up the d heres little.

I just find it really a more dynamic range to your image or what appears to be more dynamic range. It just makes the image look much deeper. Sometimes you can achieve the same uh by increasing clarity, but in this instance well, i i was going to say i dont want to enter just too much clarity, but i actually think just a little bit of clarity. There is really bringing out the image textures one. I stay away with, if anything, sometimes i bring down the texture just a little again for a cinematic image. You dont want it to be too sharp and by bringing up texture, you can see just how much sharpness is in around the clefs here its fine that doesnt look good at all. I actually bring down the texture a little just to soften the image up. That gives it that cinematic look and then the last step is to introduce a vignette. You just want a really really subtle vignette. You really shouldnt be able to tell that there is a minute there, but just a tiny little bit of over, there really enhances the image and, if youve been following along. This is what we ended up with look how much better this shot looks. If i show you the beginning shot and what we ended up with with just a few simple steps on lightroom now, obviously i havent went into too much depth which of these steps ive taken main but thats, because i want to show you that in under five Minutes you can take what is quite a drab, boring image and turn it into something that really pops and really stands out in lightroom, using some simple color grading techniques.

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