Confused by color grading? Watch this comprehensive guide to basic concepts and tools

Managing color in video is a two-part process. First, you have color correction. It’s the process by which you tweak your images to get things as accurate as possible in real life. It is also used to match images taken with multiple cameras to give them the same standard starting point for the second part of the process, which is color grading. This gives the images your own creative aesthetic twist.

We notate to give a mood or feeling to our footage. It’s a visual aid to guide the viewer and put them in the mindset we want them to have while watching. And sometimes it’s just because they look cool. Whatever your reasons for doing it, if you’ve never done it before it might seem a little daunting, so the guys at Film Riot have prepared this “Color Grading 101” video to teach you all the basic concepts of calibration. .

To be clear, the video doesn’t teach you how to achieve a particular look. But it does illustrate why you might want to opt for a particular look and how to understand and use the tools at your disposal to enable you to create it. It answers many common questions you might have, like what are color spaces? What is Raw Video? What is the newspaper? What are LUTs and how do I use them? What are all these “scope” things and where did my histogram go?

If you’re a photographer transitioning from stills to video, it might sound like a completely different word to just pick sRGB and tweak a dozen sliders in Lightroom, but it’s not that hard to adapt with a little some advices. And if you’re going to use DaVinci Resolve for color correction and grading, you’ll also want Photoshop to have a node-based editing system for your photos!

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