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Color grading tips for drone footage!

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After filming drone footage, video editing and color grading are the next steps to finalizing the end video. Color grading is basically altering or fine-tuning the colors of an edited footage to obtain a certain theme or mood. YouTuber Drone Film Guide explains seven color grading tips in this video for drone pilots:

Make sure to film with the proper settings first

Before even thinking about color grading, make sure to shoot properly exposed drone footage. Avoid overexposed or incredibly underexposed footage because limited highlights or shadows are going to be difficult to work with in post.

Color correct before color grading

Drone Film Guide says to make sure to color correct footage first to fix the contrast, white balance and other minor edits like white balance. Once all the footage is properly balanced, color grading is the final step.

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Consistency

After picking which color grade to go with, make sure to use that same theme throughout the whole video or scene. Color correction and color grading makes footage from different cameras look uniform, so make sure to stick with the same color grade throughout a scene or video.

Grade around a subject

Before messing around with the colors, make sure to consider the main subject first. If there is a person, an animal, or a car with a specific color, make sure to consider fine tuning those colors first before altering the rest of the footage. Sometimes altering the whole video with unconventional colors is done intentionally, but those are usually only seen in music videos.

The left portion of the screenshot shows a color grade that makes the skin tone appear purple.

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