Colour grading tutorials, tips & tales for students of all stages
It has been a while since I’ve been able to do post a round up of all the best colour grading resources that have come online lately, so this might end up as quite a long post. But that just means more great stuff in one place.
Colour Grading – Order of Operations
With colour grading, the order in which you perform corrections can have a dramatic impact on the final image. In this excellent tutorial colorist Juan Melara walks through the order of operations for colour correcting an image in DaVinci Resolve. Juan also includes some great tips from colorist Gray Marshall on understanding the different types on nodes and their functions in Resolve.
Creating Triad Looks
In this post from editor and colorist Aaron Williams you can learn how to create looks based on three main colours, shifted into different areas of the image.
A further element to this would be ensuring your deepest blacks are black and your whites are white to maintain some realism.
Aaron has another good tip, over on Premium Beat, on balancing your absolute blacks and whites relative to the contents of the image, rather than 0 and 100 on your waveform monitor.
Colour Grading 4K RAW Cinema DNG Files
In these lively tutorials colorist and online trainer Denver Riddle demonstrates how to grade 4k CinemaDNG RAW files from the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and newly shipping Pocket Camera. You can download and follow along with the same footage Denver is using by signing up for free on his Color Grading Central site.