Adding Depth To Your Image Series

Dan Moran

I’m happy to be adding a new 3 part series to the Insights Library on how I add depth to an image. Adding depth to an image is for me one of the most important aspects of taking your grades to the next level.

It takes a primary correction and then shapes the image to lead the viewers eye to where the director and DOP want to take it. To do this I use localised contrast which is brightening and darkening of areas to texture the image to get the extra 10-20% out of it. I feel this is one of the secrets of taking an image to a commercial level finish. I also use sharpening and blurring to make the image pop off the screen.

Here is a before and after of localised contrast. The primary grade hasn’t changed but using patches of brightness and darkness as well as blurring and sharpening we can give it that extra polished finish. 


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 Click here to go straight to the Insights Library and watch part one now!