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  1. #1 Grade this Day-4-Night DNG 
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    Folks, I was given footage to be included as a Day-N-Night grade. The footage was shot in bright daylight with a lot of sky. It would have been an easy D4N if there was very little of the sky. I tried using HSL qualifier to mask the sky. This is as far as I can get without introducing artifacts on the edges. Here are the ungraded and graded pics.

    ungraded_1.1.2.jpggraded_1.1.1.jpg

    Here is the DNG for those who like to give it a spin. Thanks.

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    Here is a quick attempt. Once the contrast is closer to REC709, the sky does key pretty well. But I put a couple of power masks on the building to bring the sky down even more.

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    Thank Kyle. Any chance you'd share the workflow for the above grade you just did?
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    Def!

    Lowered the exposure -1.1 stops in the RAW tab
    - Applied a basic curve to get the contrast more normal.
    - Qualified the sky and lowered the sky approx an additional stop
    - Created a mask around the house and then lowered the sky even more
    - Created a mask around the hot part of the house and cooled that down and lowered the highlights a bit
    - Lowered the highlights and midtones of the whole image in a curve
    - cooled it down a bit more
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    Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleMcConaghy View Post
    Def!

    Lowered the exposure -1.1 stops in the RAW tab
    - Applied a basic curve to get the contrast more normal.
    - Qualified the sky and lowered the sky approx an additional stop
    - Created a mask around the house and then lowered the sky even more
    - Created a mask around the hot part of the house and cooled that down and lowered the highlights a bit
    - Lowered the highlights and midtones of the whole image in a curve
    - cooled it down a bit more
    Right on the money.
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    Basically the approach is this:

    Darken down the WHOLE image and then use a couple of power windows and qualifiers to re-brighten the areas you want light on.
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    See the brightness value? Turn that to zero. Zilch. Squat. Nill. Nothing. BOOM>>>DAY FOR NIGHT.
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    If you have the time, it really sells it to add a couple of practical lights. Like brighten up a window + add glow or something.
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    Thanks for the suggestion JIB. This scene in the story is late in the evening (11 PM) so the expectation is that folks living in the house are asleep.
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