The original clip is a bit warm, so I color correct the clip by pushing some cool tone and pink tint to balance it out (using Vectorscope HLS and Vectorscope YUV diagram).

Below is the before and after screenshot.

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My later adjustments are made on the corrected clip.

  1. Orange & Blue Color contrast

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The original clip is a bit warm. And there was a man passed by wearing denim in the shot. It inspired me to make a color contrast between orange/yellow and blue.

The color contrast adds depth to the clip. The man becomes more separated from the background. I also pushed up contrast, highlights, and whites to enhance the effect. The man’s skin tone is more defined in the after clip and his motion becomes more vivid. This color grading gives me a muggy, humid weather feeling.

2. Faded Blue Color Grading

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This color grading introduces a sad emotion to the clip. First of all, I bring the highlights, midtones and shadows all to blue to set the base color tone. To get a faded effect, I bring down the exposure, contrasts, highlights and whites; and also bring up the shadows and blacks.

The skin tone looks quirky with all of the blue and faded effects. So I used Hue Saturation Curve to bring back some yellow and slight red. I also use the Hue Saturation Curve to bring up even more blue to enhance the color of the denim the man is wearing.

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3. ‘Her’ inspired Color Grading

This color grading is inspired by the film ‘Her’ and the following shot is used as the benchmark.

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This is the most complicated color grading out of the three. To be honest, I think the result is still not quite matched with ‘Her”s color grading. The tone is super warm. Because I couldn’t tell whether the element I am adjusting is correct after looking at it for a long time, I use the Parade (RGB) diagram to match the wave of my clip to the shot of ‘Her”s wave.

The adjustments I made are as following:

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Note that even though both the first and the third color grading are warm tone, they are different. In the first color grading, it is more of an orange and blue contrast. Whereas in the third grading, The tone is more towards yellow rather than orange. And I deliberately avoid the blues (from denim) and turn down the reds (for tint and skin tone) to match up with ‘Her”s color grading.

Below is the contrast of the first and the third color grading:

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  1. Original

2. Color Corrected

3. Orange and Blue

4. Faded Blue

5. Her inspired

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