September 20, 2014

newcolour grading
In the last few weeks, I’ve had many comments asking about color grading, so I figured I would show you how I color grade my DSLR footage. The principles should apply regardless of which camera or editing software you use!

While I’m a strong believer that you can’t ‘fix it in post’, I do think color grading affects your overall look. Lighting is still number one for the ‘film look’ but I do think that good grading will enhance your lighting, set design, and camera choice. But remember the golden rule: garbage in, garbage out! So with that in mind, I’m going to show the way I’ve been grading my videos with a number of examples.

Check out this week’s video:

Check out part two – colour correction:

Larry Jordan is a very experienced editor, and has done many great FCPX tutorials on YouTube. I learned so much from this video, until watching this video, I would always have images that were too green, or too magenta. A great introduction to colour grading, from some of YouTube’s best colorists Corridor Digital. Once again their channel is a wealth of information.
Speaking of Corridor Digital, this video serves as great inspiration for the power of colour grading! Lucas Pfaff shows us (as part of a brilliant keying series) a possible way to get the ‘autumn leaves’ effect as seen in Corridor Digital’s video, from about 18 minutes in.
Some inspiration for both cinematography and colour! This demo reel is what I’m working towards in so many ways. Screen shots some of these shots and see if you can recreate something similar!
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.

  • niklas

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have two questions:
    You dont use the colorweehls of filmponvert at all ?
    What Headphones do you use for monitoring, do you have any suggestions for some inexpencive ones ?

    • I do use the color wheels in filmconvert sometimes, although I find that if you add blue to the shadows for example, it also boosts the shadows, so I have to then compensate by bringing the level down. So unless i’m going for a very stylised look, I usually just stick with the regular colour wheels.

      I don’t use headphones, I use speakers! they are shown here (look for m-audio studiophile):

  • What an awesome write-up Thank you so much Brilliant. I’ve bookmarked your site for reading more in the future.