Day 11: 24 Insights In 24 Days – 2020 New Year Marathon!
How to make clipped highlights look more natural or more intentional (in DaVinci Resolve)
It turns out, even in this world of raw & log footage formats, we still occasionally run into blown-out, unrecoverable highlights. In my day-to-day, I handle a lot of reality & doc content, where blown-out highlights are very common due to poorly controlled lighting conditions. But these issues crop up in commercials and features as well. Handling them gracefully is a big part of a colorist’s job.
In this Insight, I share a collection of basic go-to techniques I use in Resolve to smooth clipped highlights and integrate them into the scene plus a couple of fun methods to give bright sources, like light fixtures, a bit of character.
- Roll-offs (Y soft clip, Y curves)
- Tints (RGB soft clip, key + offset, RGB curves)
- Glows & Streaks (flexible manual method that avoids OFX )
Here’s a list of other great Insights related to highlights:
- Resolve 11 – Highlights & Shadows Controls
A great look at the differences between the primary, log and highlights/shadows controls.
- Color Correcting With Blending Modes – Recovering Highlights With Multiply
Creative technique for recovering highlight detail
- How to Make Blown-out Highlights Look Intentional
Using lens flares to cover clipped highlights
- Blurred/Glowing Highlights – A Straightforward Approach
Mist technique for creating dreamy looks
- Emulating Film Halation in DaVinci Resolve
Two techniques for emulating film halation
“Loved Ones” TVC footage courtesy of The Film Bakery