Color grading with pro photographer Emily Teague
posted Tuesday, July 12, 2022 6:00 a.m. EDT
Professional photographer Emily Teague has an ongoing video series for Adorama, “The Creative Process with Emily Teague”. Teague’s latest video is all about color grading and how the photo editing technique lets you creatively alter the look of your images.
Teague primarily uses Capture One for color grading, although you can use just about any photo editing software with the techniques she describes in the video below. As part of its workflow, Teague makes global adjustments and color corrections before color grading. It is important to understand that color correction and color grading are different. Color correction is fixing colors to match what we see in the real world. For example, if your image has a color cast that wasn’t there when you took the photo, that’s something you’d want to fix with color correction. Unlike color correction, color grading is where you can get creative.
Once Teague begins color grading, it begins with a global (“master” in Capture One) grading adjustment. This means that it gives the entire image a singular color change. Subtlety is key here, as there will be additional adjustments that will ultimately add up to a more significant and visible change to the image. Once the overall adjustment is complete, Teague can dial in color grading for shadows, midtones, and highlights separately. This is where you have the most flexibility and opportunities to be creative.
To learn more about Emily Teague’s work, visit her website and follow her on Instagram. Click here to see all of his “The Creative Process” videos on Adorama. She has created videos covering lighting styles, single umbrella lighting setups, studio equipment basics and much more.