An Exercise in Color Grading

Today’s exercise focused on color grading and how the change in color affects the overall mood of the picture. For this exercise, I found a picture on Flickr.com and used that as the canvas to experiment in color correction.

Picture below, named Horses of The New Forest, credited to Flickr user “danny george.”

Original source image

Initial color edit

This color edit, done on Adobe Photoshop, came about simply by me messing around with the color curves to come up with a darker look. As seen above, it’s a bit too dark, harsh and oversaturated.

Further color correction and brightness/contrast adjustment

In this picture, I once again used color curves to change the colors subtly, but also utilized brightness and contrast, as well as hues and saturation, in order to come up with a more pleasant look.

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