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  • Grade this Day-4-Night DNG

    Folks, I was given footage to be included as a Day-N-Night grade. The footage was shot in bright daylight with a lot of sky. It would have been an easy D4N if there was very little of the sky. I tried using HSL qualifier to mask the sky. This is as far as I can get without introducing artifacts on the edges. Here are the ungraded and graded pics.

    ungraded_1.1.2.jpggraded_1.1.1.jpg

    Here is the DNG for those who like to give it a spin. Thanks.

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Agvdi7GDhv1_hIJQFnme6b2BbtRVAQ

  • #2
    Here is a quick attempt. Once the contrast is closer to REC709, the sky does key pretty well. But I put a couple of power masks on the building to bring the sky down even more.

    D4N_1.128.1.jpg
    http://kylemcconaghy.com | My Reel

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    • #3
      Thank Kyle. Any chance you'd share the workflow for the above grade you just did?

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      • #4
        Def!

        Lowered the exposure -1.1 stops in the RAW tab
        - Applied a basic curve to get the contrast more normal.
        - Qualified the sky and lowered the sky approx an additional stop
        - Created a mask around the house and then lowered the sky even more
        - Created a mask around the hot part of the house and cooled that down and lowered the highlights a bit
        - Lowered the highlights and midtones of the whole image in a curve
        - cooled it down a bit more
        http://kylemcconaghy.com | My Reel

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        • #5
          Awesome!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KyleMcConaghy View Post
            Def!

            Lowered the exposure -1.1 stops in the RAW tab
            - Applied a basic curve to get the contrast more normal.
            - Qualified the sky and lowered the sky approx an additional stop
            - Created a mask around the house and then lowered the sky even more
            - Created a mask around the hot part of the house and cooled that down and lowered the highlights a bit
            - Lowered the highlights and midtones of the whole image in a curve
            - cooled it down a bit more
            Right on the money.
            Cameras: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Camera (x2), Panasonic GH2 (x2), Sony RX100 ii, Canon 6D, Canon T2i,
            Mics: Sennheiser, AKG, Shure, Sanken, Audio-Technica, Audix
            Lights: Every Chinese clone you can imagine

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            • #7
              Basically the approach is this:

              Darken down the WHOLE image and then use a couple of power windows and qualifiers to re-brighten the areas you want light on.
              Cameras: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Camera (x2), Panasonic GH2 (x2), Sony RX100 ii, Canon 6D, Canon T2i,
              Mics: Sennheiser, AKG, Shure, Sanken, Audio-Technica, Audix
              Lights: Every Chinese clone you can imagine

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              • #8
                See the brightness value? Turn that to zero. Zilch. Squat. Nill. Nothing. BOOM>>>DAY FOR NIGHT.

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                • #9
                  If you have the time, it really sells it to add a couple of practical lights. Like brighten up a window + add glow or something.
                  James Iain Barber
                  Editor, writer, director, shooter, yadda yadda.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the suggestion JIB. This scene in the story is late in the evening (11 PM) so the expectation is that folks living in the house are asleep.

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                    • #11
                      Ah cool. For what it's worth, I liked both D4N grades, both yours (Eyu) and Kyle's. Yours looks more like it was shot at night with attendant low colour, while Kyle's looks like it was shot at night with an extra light or two to give the wall some colour. Just an extra pair of eyes' opinion if it helps
                      Last edited by JIB; 01-11-2017, 03:50 PM.
                      James Iain Barber
                      Editor, writer, director, shooter, yadda yadda.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JIB View Post
                        Ah cool. For what it's worth, I liked both D4N grades, both yours (Eyu) and Kyle's. Yours looks more like it was shot at night with attendant low colour, while Kyle's looks like it was shot at night with an extra light or two to give the wall some colour. Just an extra pair of eyes' opinion if it helps
                        Thanks. I do like Kyle's too.

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