September 20, 2014
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!|
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.