|Posted by dundertits|
typically you have to work on a color corrected monitor that is also corrected for luminosity. You can then see how to manipulate the highlights and shadows from there utilizing the histogram. Another point here is when you shoot get as much of the scene inside the histogram on your camera this will save you a boat load of post processing later on. Fuck HDR learn how to bracket and blend so you know what is actually going on.
set your gray point in raw that is a good start then tweak the color from there.
ctrl, alt 3 on a pc invert then delete three times and use curves to bring in the darker areas it is usually seamless
Exactly. Dialing in the contrast curve is the quickest and best way to edit jpegs.
I start with no color and add saturation at the end.
Shoot in raw mode whenever possible for critical shots... yeah, fuck HDRs.
You need to color calibrate and for this you need something like a Spyder. Doing it by eye fails every time.
Once all the calibration is done you can bring a color chart (location test shot) to be sure the WB is spot on.
Calibration, color temp, etc and using it correctly has a steep learning curve... start reading.