Color Correction Video Tutorial


This video tutorial on color correction shows how color contrast can be used to really transform an image. A large part of color correction is improving and manipulating the tonal contrast – the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of the image. But color contrast can be even more important in creating an interesting and arresting image. Contrasting warm tones with cool tones or playing colors against each other to create interest is something that sets the truly great colorists apart from the rest. The example in this video tutorial uses footage from Evan Nicholas’ short film, “Susannah,” which was shot with a RED camera, to show how tonal and color contrast can be used to improve the impact of a shot.

This is one of a continuing series of video tutorials based on the revised edition of the first book on color correction: “Color Correction for Digital Video” which I co-wrote with Jaime Fowler. The revised edition, which is due out in mid-December, will just be called “Color Correction for Video” and is largely re-written with all new examples and an entire DVD or sample footage and video tutorials.

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Steve Hullfish

Steve Hullfish has been producing and editing award-winning television since the mid-1980s. He has written five books, and edited two theatrical feature films (both Number One New Movies in the US). He has lectured at NAB, DVExpo and the Master Editor seminars. He has edited on Avid since 1992 and was named to Avid’s first group of Master Editors. His client list includes: Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, NBC, PBS, Turner Networks, The Oprah Winfrey Show, “Investigative Reports” and “Cold Cases” with Bill Kurtis for A&E, Jim Henson Home Entertainment, Major League Soccer, The Chicago Cubs, Wilson Sporting Goods and Exxon/Mobil.