Thankfully one of the benefits of working with RAW is that you can recover so much information in the image and a little time in post goes a LONG LONG way. Colour correcting your shots is really easy and quick once you know what you're doing and after this tutorial you should be well on your way.
Once you launch Camera Raw and have your shot loaded SELECT ALL your images so that you can have the changes affect all frames in the shot. There's nothing more annoying than finding you haven't applied your grade to all the shots.
The advantage you have working in Adobe Camera Raw is you can control all aspects of the correction and more importantly maintain the information in your highlights and shadows that simply applying a LUT wont do. Though LUTs and baked in Rec 709 are a great way to get a nice corrected image quickly, having the flexibility to dial in your shadows and highlights just right is really important.
- Naturally the Image was flat and lacking saturation so I bumped that up to a point where I was happy.
- There was a lot of detail in the sky but it was not showing through and it looked bland and lifeless. Using the highlight tool I brought down the intensity to a point where you can see detail in the clouds and the sky and it looks more professional. This really isn't something you can achieve or control effectively if you work with baked in footage.
This correction literally took me 5 minutes to do and should not be a problem for anyone even if you have no experience correcting footage.
Correcting the next shot
What's unique about this preset is that you can relight the shot using a basic relighting effect where you can enhance/brighten sections of the shot. You can even animate the light for a desired effect or to keep things looking natural. Here I just lit up the road a bit and darkened the wood pile so that its not so in your face.