Figure 11.1. Image grading is an essential part of the look of Mad Max: Fury Road.

image control & grading

So far we’ve been looking at digital images from a purely technical point-of-view, which is important—if you don’t master the technical side of imagemaking, the odds of creating powerful and meaningful shots are slim at best. Now it’s time to start thinking creatively, but first a bit more on the technical side—a look at the tools we have available to control images.

In front of the camera:

Lighting.

Choice of lens.

Filters.

Mechanical effects (smoke, fog, rain, etc.).

Choosing time of day, direction of the shot, weather, ...

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