I had an opportunity to attend a two-day color correction and grading workshop recently and I wanted to share a few basic tips that are important to keep in mind before you start color correcting your own project. In another post, I discussed the difference between color correction and color grading. But for this post, I will use the term color correction to apply to both processes.
- There are two main components of color correction: a) fix a problem; b) create a look
- If you can, use a client monitor with its own waveform.
- Black on the IRE scale is 7.5% not 0%
- 235 RGB is considered video white; 16 RGB is video black
- Always correct the worst shot first.
- The one thing that has to look right is skin tone.
- Assume that everything you color correct will be broadcast, so keep your levels broadcast safe.
- Don't auto white balance by picking the brightest spot in the frame. That spot may not be white. It may just be overexposed.
- Set the baseline grade, then go back to match shots, and then finally apply your look across the entire scene.
- The look you apply should be motivated. What is the reason behind your grade?
What other color correction tips do you have? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section.