My fetish in portraiture would have to be cinematic images. If a portrait looks as if it could be a still from a film with good cinematography the chances are I will be a fan. Recently two photographers I know were discussing one of their images. The car photographer of the two of them had applied colour grading to the image and the landscape photographer wasn’t familiar with what that meant.
Colour grading is a technique that has been used in still and moving imagery almost since its conception. It is most famously associated with films in the modern day. A very popular TV show that uses colour grading and colour casts in the extreme is Breaking Bad. Any fan of the show could be presented with a still of the series with no characters or obvious locations in it and will probably have and inkling that it’s Breaking Bad – perhaps without knowing why. Another way of describing colour grading would be the look of a show.
This tutorial is one of my favourites for explaining exactly what is happening and how to achieve it. I have plugged these guys every few months for nearly 2 years but if you aren’t familiar with them, please check out Phlearn for a plethora of tutorials.