Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

The digital colorist’s job is no longer to simply balance, fix, and optimize. Today’s filmmakers often want to recreate the idiosyncrasies of older recording methods, or are looking for something completely new, to differentiate the look of a given project. Furthermore, end-to-end digital shooting, postproduction, and distribution means that stylizations and effects once created by the film lab are no longer photochemically available. The color grading suite has become the lab, and these sorts of stylizations are now part of the colorist’s job description.
In this follow-up volume to the bestseller Color Correction Handbook, Alexis Van Hurkman walks you through twenty-one categories of creative grading techniques, designed to give you an arsenal of stylizations you can pull out of your hat when the client asks for something special, unexpected, and unique. Each chapter presents an in-depth examination and step-by-step, cross-platform breakdown of stylistic techniques used in music videos, commercial spots, and cinema. These customizable techniques can be mixed and matched for your own unique effects and include:

• bleach bypass looks
• cross-processing simulation
• day-for-night treatments
• emulating film stocks
• flat looks
• glows, blooms, and gauze looks
• grain, noise, and texture
• greenscreen compositing workflows
• lens flaring and veiling glare
• light leaks and color bleeds
• monitor and screen glow
• monochrome looks
• sharpening
• tints and color washes
• undertones
• vibrance and targeted saturation
• and many more!

 

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3 Comments

  1. Ideas to try Exellent companion for the Color Correction Handbook. Gives more insight and inspiration on how to achieve certain looks, and techniques to try to create original visuals to strenghten the storytelling.

  2. 5-stars for content. 1-star for archaic, draconian Kindle licensing limits. When Alexis publishes a book, I usual buy it sight unseen. He is among the best technical writers in the field (I often tell stories that I used to read the Apple Shake manual–which Alexis wrote–for sheer entertainment purposes), and this book is no exception. 

  3. Unique!! The Book is unique, since you can’t find anything so good and especific, really really useful. This is my third Alexis’s book.As a colorist I would say this one is for those who already have some color grading skills, if you don’t have any, this is your second color book, not the first.

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