On different approaches to balancing scenic color and adding stylistic adjustments
By Alexis Van Hurkman | June 03, 2013
In this week's "Answers Occasionally Given," I tackle a question about efficient scene balancing workflow; whether it's better to apply stylistic adjustments as part of one's initial grade, or separately. Then, I discuss another reader's strategy for identifying color imbalances, and how it intersects with the use of automated tools for color balancing.
On the differences among grading controls and operational ordering
By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 20, 2013
In this week's somewhat detail-oriented "Answers Occasionally Given," I start out tackling the differences among color and contrast controls with similar names; in particular, the difference between Lift, Shadow, and Offset controls. Then, I move on to a reader's question about the best stage of a multi-operation color adjustment in which to adjust Luma. It's GRIPPING, I tell you…
Ruminating on the Differences Between Visual and Graphical Analysis
By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 09, 2013
In this inaugural post of my new question-and-answer column, I tackle two kickoff queries about video scopes from colleague Scott Simmons, who thoughtfully saved me from having to come up with something on my own. If you have a question about color grading, postproduction workflow, or any interesting intersection of production and post, send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll answer via this column as time permits.