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Optimizing Plate Levels

No doubt you've tried to make a good image look better or, at the very least, tried to make a poorly shot image look acceptable. Even if you're beyond using that time-honored method of flailing around with the controls until arbitrarily arriving at a marginally acceptable result, take some time to review the basic tools of the trade and how to use them.

We're going to start by balancing brightness and contrast of the plate footage. The term “plate” stretches back to the earliest days of optical compositing and refers to the source footage, typically the background onto which foreground elements will be composited. A related term, “clean plate,” refers to the background with any moving foreground elements removed, something we'll look at creating later in the book.


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