September 27, 2014

Trying to match shots from different cameras? Set you white balance wrong? This week we’re looking at fixing our footage with colour correction! It’s part 2 of my mini series on working with colour. 


Colour correction may not be the most glamorous part of filmmaking, but it’s hugely important. Our eyes are very good at adjusting to different colour casts, so it’s important use those scopes and be precise. Above all, the goal is match shots within a scene to avoid drawing (usually) unwanted attention to a particular shot. Watch any hollywood movie, and you’ll find that they are very consistent with their colours within a scene, and usually don’t stray too far from ‘neutral’ skin tones. Of course there are no rules in filmmaking, but sometimes it’s good to learn the rules so you don’t break them unintentionally.



Lots of brilliant examples of how colour can be manipulated for various effects. Inspiring. This is the first in a great series that goes deep into the process of colour correction + grading, particularly helpful for FCPX users. Something for everyone to learn here.
Some great tips from Ryan here for some quick and dirty colour correction and grading. It’s so easy to forget about colour as soon as a movie starts, because you get lost in the story! This video helps to remind us that colour is a story telling device!
Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.