One thing that I have noticed is that few people have a strong grasp of color correcting/grading, a lot of people have a working knowledge and even more people have no clue. I wanted to fix this for myself so last year I went to FXphd.com and bought a series of tutorials on Da Vinci Resolve. It was a great series because it breaks every part of resolve down and even as a Resolve lite user its very beneficial to learn the science of color correction. When I open it up I am not intimidated any more by all these different buttons and options. The problem is that while I know buttons purposes that did nothing to really teach me the art of color correction or grading. I recently found a video on youtube that presented a little more context help narrowing down how to learn a method of color grading. I am a traditional learner and I am looking for traditional learner methods of color correction and grading.
A lot of videos I've seen on the subject end in well just play around but that's not the most effective concept for traditional learners. A traditional learner may say I want to learn to violin and amazing at playing the violin, so they seek out teachers who will first show them the mechanics of how to hold the violin and how to make sounds from it. After you can make a reasonable sound they keep walking you through practice sessions of other peoples work as you develop. Part of the homework then is practice the lessons and then come back to show what you've learned through practice Traditionally, it is only after you reach a certain middle to advance level where people start asking you to compose. Some very talented individuals had a genius level skill for composing earlier on. The rest of the violinists had to go through the traditional education that built them to the level where they could achieve the ability to compose.
When it comes to color grading and I feel like in general for vfx and indie filmmaking in general is that the first couple steps happen and then the disconnect which prevents more people from really learning the art occurs. After someone teaches you the mechanics they drop you back into the world and say practice or play around (which are important), but that does not lend to a traditional style of learning. Does anyone know a good place to learn the art of color grading through a more traditional approach? The guy that posted this video has a site that you can subscribe to but I'd rather see if there is a better (more free) resource available. If there is not then I see this as a great business opportunity.
To get a matrix like color grade is easy to achieve some semblance of that grade but I wanna know how they movies like The Bourne Identity, or really just the trilogy. Now we always get wrapped around the axel when it comes to "what camera?" or "what lens?" but so often we forget where a lot of these shots really come together which I think is in post. Youtube does not do films justice I know, but I want learn to color grade like the pros. I have a wide movie collection and in the HD movie part of my collection I have HD DVDS and Blu Rays. I understand compression rates are different and is a limiting factor but does anyone have any tips/tutorials/resources on this subject of color grading? I feel as in color grading would help to yield that HD wow factor that lets us watch Planet Earth or other content on tvs or computers in amazement. SO the clarity and the color vividness is what I take away from Planet Earth.
Here is the Youtube Video with some strategies to help with color gradinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bvjs6HzV7s
Here is just some BBC Planet Earth Imageryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AkQpF2K9DQ