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  • Color Corrections for morons?

    I am completely ignorant here.
    I have questions like “What is Saturation?” and “What are mid-tones?”

    Can anyone recommend a basic intro site, or youtube video, for ignorant people like myself? Thank you.

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    Originally posted by ChimpPhobiaFilms View Post
    Try www.colorgradingcentral.com

    Let me give you a quick run through.

    Color Correction is fixing errors, matching shots, and cleaning up the original footage to get something usable. Color Grading is stylizing the image.

    Saturation is how colorful your image is. A colorful image would be highly saturated, whereas a black and white image is a very desaturated image.



    Contrast is the difference between light and dark.



    The image on the left has higher contrast than the one on the left.

    Then of course you can adjust color of certain parts of the image. While I'm not a fan of Final Cut Pro X, it has a good chart for beginning colorists/editors/directors.



    Global is the whole image. Shadows are the dark part of the image. Mid-tones are between the highlights and the shadows. Highlights are the brighter parts of the image.

    I recommend you read this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Color-Correcti.../dp/0321713117

    Best of luck.

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    Try www.colorgradingcentral.com

    Let me give you a quick run through.

    Color Correction is fixing errors, matching shots, and cleaning up the original footage to get something usable. Color Grading is stylizing the image.

    Saturation is how colorful your image is. A colorful image would be highly saturated, whereas a black and white image is a very desaturated image.



    Contrast is the difference between light and dark.



    The image on the left has higher contrast than the one on the left.

    Then of course you can adjust color of certain parts of the image. While I'm not a fan of Final Cut Pro X, it has a good chart for beginning colorists/editors/directors.



    Global is the whole image. Shadows are the dark part of the image. Mid-tones are between the highlights and the shadows. Highlights are the brighter parts of the image.

    I recommend you read this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Color-Correcti.../dp/0321713117

    Best of luck.

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    • #3
      Quick and dirty version of it, get a program that can let u see the wavelengths, make them look as similar as possible and make them balanced. Color grading, that's more artistic and collaborative imo. What fits the story, mood, moment, of the film? What look is the director/producer looking for?

      http://flavorwire.com/387992/color-p...aphy/view-all/



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      • #4
        Here are two good film riot videos about color correction:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laOd3_XWPBA

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpiM1QdfU28
        -AF

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        • #5
          Thank you, all!
          Very helpful.

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          • #6
            I've heard that color correction and grading are different, but didn't know how.

            Now I see it's the same thing, really--just for different reasons. Matching /and/ Stylizing.

            Inteesting.


            Kurt Hathaway
            khathawayart[at]gmail.com

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            • #7
              Color Correction and Color Grading are technically different. Color Correction is making sure every shot matches on a luma level where as color grading adds the specific look to the film. Color correction gives you that smooth transition between scenes and Color grading forces emotions. Color grading is also what lets you know you are watching a documentary, an action film, or a horror film. A documentary will rarely have color grading where as action tends to have an orange and cyan look lately and horror is typically blue or green.

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              • #8
                Another thing you might wanna try is do a small portion of color correction and export (only a small portion necessary) to see how exporting/compressing changes the color. Even with fcp I've found that once I export the color is washed out so definitely export a bit first. That way you know how your color correction will be affected and adjust accordingly :)

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                • #9
                  I know what it's like when you have something specific in mind and you don't know how to accomplish it. I still don't know the names of most things I've done with color correction.

                  The links above and such are great tools.

                  The thing I've always found helpful in the end is just playing with a clip or two (one of a face and another of scenery) and color correction. Mix it all up, you might hit on something you like. Plus you'll be teaching yourself how to use it.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all for sharing your knowledge on this subject. This was something that I needed. I have ordered the book "Color Correction - second Edition" just now from Textbookrus.com because I had a in store credit. I'm excited to get it and begin to learning more and more. This thread needs to be kept in a library. Maybe we could get Nick to format a library on a section of this forum where people could go to learn things like this. Truly insitefull for those that did not attend film school.

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