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Color-grade Like A Pro | Tuesdays With Lauri

By Lauri L. on August 20th 2013

In this week’s instalment of Tuesdays With Lauri we are going to talk about taking our photography to the next level with colour-grading. Color-grading can turn a good photo into a great one. If you have any question regarding this week’s episode, or you have a request for a future episode, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help out! :)

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Video and edit by Lauri Laukkanen
Photo submitted by Olli Viljamaa

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Max

    Hey man. I always watch your videos, so firstly thanks for doing them!

    I know this is an old one but was just browsing the site and thought I’d watch it again. I’ve always used curves for grading (amongst others) but have recently changed things slightly and wondered what you thought.

    I found that I was getting a little annoyed by how when adding contrast or color using curves that the one would effect the other (e.g. adding contrast effects saturation etc.). Hence I now do all my curves contrast corrections using luminosity as a blend mode and all my color corrections using colour as a blend mode; I find it gives me more control.

    Am I crazy doing this? What do you think.


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  2. David

    Hi. Really liked your tips… I was wondering if you ever use Photoshop CC new smart sharpen filter. I tend to use it on a smart object and then have it fade in the shadows and highlights adjusting the sliders.

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  3. Curtis

    Very helpful. I learned several new things. The next time you do a tutorial where you use the high pass filter, could you please explain a little more how to use it and what it does? I don’t really get it. Thanks.

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    • Matt

      Yeah, I agree. I would like to know more about the High Pass filter. All in all, this was a very helpful lesson! Thanks!

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  4. Wayne

    This was very helpful and easy to follow. I never thought of using curves for color grading. Thank you

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  5. Vinay M.

    I’d like to see a tutorial on doing color grading in Lightroom 4.

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  6. FBoschman

    Wow, you sir just taught me something I did not know. And BTW, you also rekindled my interest in delving deeper into photoshop.

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