Tell me if this sounds familiar: you are sitting in front of a computer screen, sipping your now cold 3rd cup of coffee, eyes getting blurry and spotty while you post process your millionth picture for the day…
Photoshop….for some, it is an evil word. It has been, in recent news, the thief of self-esteem for females young and old, the tool of inept retouchers and for me personally, the robber of many hours that I could’ve spent watching Nick at Nite reruns. I cannot even image what editing video is like.
The following video gives us a bit of an idea of the work involved in professionally color correcting a 30 second commercial for L’Oreal Garnier. Senior Colorist Andreas Brueckl at Color Me Up condenses a 30-minute Baselight color grading session into a 3-minute video and the results are…well, the are very, very subtle for the amount of work he put in. Far beyond adjusting some sliders, Brueckl touches on every aspect of the ad to make sure it looks just about perfect.
As he explains in the video, he doesn’t show much of the “beauty retouching and skin grading, [because] the model has a very nice skin and with the help of Garnier it was not much work for [him].” The entire process is fascinating to watch, especially trying to compare the before and after to see the changes that were made and how complex the entire process was.