Color Grade Your DRONE FOOTAGE Like ME! My Start-To-Finish Color Grading Process.

Drone footage can capture stunning landscapes and breathtaking aerial views, but without proper color grading, the footage may fall short of its true potential. In my blog, I will take you through my start-to-finish color grading process for drone footage. I will share the techniques and tools I use to enhance the colors, contrast, and overall visual appeal of my drone footage. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced videographer, learning how to color grade your drone footage can take your videos to the next level. Join me as I share my tips and tricks for achieving professional-quality results in your drone footage color grading.








Color Grade Your DRONE FOOTAGE Like ME! My Start-To-Finish Color Grading Process

Color Grade Your DRONE FOOTAGE Like ME! My Start-To-Finish Color Grading Process

Introduction

Most of the color grading tutorials on YouTube including my own talk about using footage from big fancy cameras with big sensors often shooting in log or raw formats but the reality is that’s not the only kind of footage that we should know how to deal with.

Recently, I Did a video on the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone and I had a lot of questions about how I deal with color grading the footage from that camera so in this article, I’m going to show you my step-by-step process on how I deal with Drone footage and like In my previous color grading video I’m not just going to be showing you one clip I’ve actually got four different clips lined up so you can see how I would deal with each of those for their specific situation. This is so you can actually understand my process for Grading rather than just trying to replicate the settings that I have for one specific clip that might not match your footage so secure the cup and let’s create some Drone footage.

Getting Started

I’m here in DaVinci Resolve but a lot of the color grading properties that I’m going to show you in this video will carry over to whatever platform you’re using as long as you understand the tools that are there.

First Footage – Lighthouse

Our first shot is this lighthouse we’ve got these cool little speed ramp things that happen in the middle of it and you might notice that this shot is Looking flat all four of these shots I shot in D cine-like profile which is not necessarily a log profile it’s just a little bit flatter than your typical kind of standard looking next shot we’ve got here was when I was at Sony condo just kind of a straight up shot while we Were playing with the oversized Jenga down at the bottom here

Second Footage – Sony Condo

Next shot is also from condo going up over the lake it’s got a bit of a like Dolly Zoom effect on it and then the final one is this shot when I was up at a fire tower From a hike that I did zooming past and then looking at this beautiful view that we’ve got.

Color Grading Process

Kicking things off with this Lighthouse, this is actually one of the more complicated ones because the lighting is constantly changing because it’s going around this Lighthouse and it Was at Golden hour so we’ve got this really bright part and then we’ve got this darker part and then we’ve got this part where we’ve got the sun blasting right on the one side so we’re gonna have to check all of these different kind of angles over and over again to Make sure that our grade is working no matter which angle we’re at so let’s hop down into the color page here…

Color Space Transformation

The first step that I’m going to take for this one is I’m just going to hit option s a couple of times so that I’ve got three Nodes up here this first node is going to be our kind of main grade node the second one I’m going to call CST which stands for color space transform and if you’ve seen any of my other videos you’ve probably seen me use something like that for log footage we’re going to Do something similar here and then the last one I’m just going to call finisher we’re actually going to start on our color space transform and the goal of this node is to get it from this D cine like this kind of flatter profile and make it look a little bit more like Normal footage so what we’re going to do is we’re going to go into our curves…

Adding Finisher Touch

What I’m Going to do here is give it just like a simple kind of like film fade later on we’re gonna put some film looks on this so we’re going to use some Luts and some other methods as well but for now what I want to do is just kind of like fake it And the way that you can do that is again in your curves you can either pull up from the bottom and you get this kind of faded black look or what I like to do is use this low soft and high soft…

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FAQ

What is color grading?

Color grading is the process of enhancing and adjusting the color of a video or image to achieve a desired look or mood. It can also be used to correct any color issues in the footage.

Why is color grading important for drone footage?

Color grading can help to enhance the overall look and feel of your drone footage, making it more visually appealing and professional. It can also help to create a cohesive and consistent look across all of your footage.

What is your start-to-finish color grading process?

My start-to-finish color grading process involves first adjusting the exposure and white balance of the footage, then applying specific color grading adjustments to achieve the desired look. I also make sure to match the color grading of all of my footage for consistency.

Do you have any tips for beginners looking to color grade their drone footage?

For beginners, I recommend starting with some basic color grading tutorials and experimenting with different techniques to see what works best for your footage. It’s also important to practice and be patient, as color grading can take time to master.

I hope you find useful my article Color Grade Your DRONE FOOTAGE Like ME! My Start-To-Finish Color Grading Process., I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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