Creating areas of light and shadow are no problem with DaVinci Resolve. PowerWindows, polygons, or curves can be a colorist's best friend when controlling where you want areas of contrast. The only thing that limits you is the simplicity of the shapes.
When shooting on set, a pattern or "gobo" can be placed in front of a light source to create shapes. We can use the same technique in Resolve by using external mattes. In this tutorial I will show how to create more intricate shadows or highlights that can make your images more moody or suggest location.
Cinematography and editing: Tim Sessler, timsessler.com
Filmed on a 5d mk3 during my US cross country trip in 2012.
National Parks and locations in order of appearance:
Washington DC/Columbia Heights, Sequoia National Park (CA), Glacier National Park (MT), Salton Sea (CA), Bombay Beach (CA), Zion National Park (UT), Redwoods National Park (CA), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Big Sur (CA), Crater Lake National Park (OR).
Thanks a lot to everybody who made this video possible along the road!! Especially Autumn, John, Jim, Tobias and d_rradio.