Using a custom DCTL to find middle gray – and adjusting accordingly
Resolve offers MANY tools for manipulating contrast, but I’ve realized in the last year or so that there’s no ready-made knob for adding or photographically removing fill light. In this Insight, we’ll explore a technique I’ve recently developed for tackling this need.
Along the way, I give a quick shout of joy for the return of the Gigantor Curves – allowing us to fine-tune control of the points we place in the Custom Curves interface.
Key takeaways from this Insight
By the end of this Insight, you should be able to:
- Think about contrast manipulation more photographically — evaluating the ratio between the key light and the fill light
- Use an exposure chart to find an objective middle exposure point for your working color space
- Understand the benefits of operating within sensible constraints — i.e., a curve that has no effect at or past middle gray
Resources Mentioned in this Insight
- Premium Members: Scroll down to Additional Downloads for this DCTL.
- Kodak Film Exposure Chart DCTL – This is the DCTL I developed (and demonstrated in this Insight). You can download it for free at the low, low cost of your email address.
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