How to do Cinematic Color Grading Using Lightroom

by . October 3rd, 2014

Do you like watching movies? Have you ever noticed how filmmakers are able to accentuate their movies through eye-catching colors? Well, as a photographer, it is one of the things that I look for in a photograph. Colors change our mood. We know that getting it right in camera is very important in achieving a good photograph. Color grading your photos, however, will definitely take your photos on a whole new level.

That’s why our friend, Mox Santos, will teach us how to add a cinematic color effect to your photos using Lightroom. By the way, Mox prefers using a JPEG file when editing in Lightroom.

This grading technique is very easy to follow and may help you start your own color grading workflow.

Cinematic Color Grading Photo Post Process from Mox Santos on Vimeo.

You might like 10 Best Samples of Cinematic Photos from Flickr.
Remember to consider how the effect would complement your photo. The cinematic effect won’t work for all photos. If you think your photo deserves the cinematic treatment, this video could definitely help you sort things out.

Mox is a Manila-based photographer. He started his career by taking portraits of friends. He now has built a remarkable reputation, locally and internationally, and has built a portfolio with career highlights that includes a stint at Vogue Italia. Filmmaking and color grading is his secondary past time. You can follow him and check his works on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.