🎨 Colorist Newsletter #518

Published: Sun, 05/15/22

Issue DXVIII: The Lego LUT Edition
The Color Grading Newsletter
News, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays. Curated by a professional color grader.
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Patrick Inhofer
The Craft
Featuring the work of creative craftsmen, the theory of color, and industry news. Learn practical workflows, useful theories, and actionable insights from existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.
(video) A good overview of the tech, skill, and craft of color grading.

(video) Is the latest reboot as dark as the popular sentiment says it is? "An in-depth pro analysis of the film that goes past the abundance of opinions and into image science for a real answer."

"We’re always excited to take that deep dive into the creative and logistical processes behind the Best Picture nominees."

A very interesting exploration with tidbits like this: "In 2000, the average age of the three top-billed actors in movies in cinemas was 37.8. Twenty years later, in 2019, it had grown to 42.4, getting older by almost three months every year."

There's a lot that I agree with in here: "Classic multitasking—as in, constant switching between tasks—is ineffective and in fact detrimental. You simply can’t focus on more than one thing at once, and you lose time each time you make a switch. But multiple project management is different. That’s what this post is about: working on multiple projects in tandem: not at the exact same time, but in a rotating fashion."
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The Tools
Our craft keeps changing. And growing. Learn about updates to your favorite software. Discover new tools to help you work faster or more creatively. Build your toolchest with new techniques and approaches. 

More features roll out. The link is to the Read Me with all the gritty details.

(video) A solid set of best practices.

Mr. Alex Tech takes you on a tour of the new Fast Noise effect and why it's super-duper awesome char-grilled sauce (once you get past all the hype that seems to be required as YouTube click-bait, the content is pretty good).

"What they’ve created is aimed squarely at other professional colorists, DITs, and editors who care about fine-tuning their grade with exacting precision and having access to a technically rich feature set of parameters to precisely adjust every aspect of their image."

(video) A worthy entry in this ongoing discussion about LUTs. But I have one question: Where can I buy that LUT stress test Lego kit??

Interesting: "The neural network behind Luminar Neo’s MaskAI not only recognizes the main subject but automatically detects separate elements in a photo: people, skies, architecture, transportation, flora, water, mountains, natural ground, and artificial ground."

(video) I'm a big fan of applying still image techniques when color grading digital video. This breakdown of the process editing a landscape image is an excellent example, with details on how the photographer approaches the color grade. There's lots in here you can adapt to your own workflows - especially if you're just getting started with color grading.

There are some interesting tidbits here in an always fun roundup from Scott Simmons. Including a project-based time tracker.

An interesting read: "With this blog post, I just want to show you how to easily review LUTs and sharpen your perspective on LUTs."

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Pushing Photons
These stories are from MixingLight.com's membership Library of color grading articles, tutorials, and podcasts (Tao Of Color is co-Owner). Do you want to read a story listed here but not a member? Sign up for a free 7-Day Test Drive.​​​ There's also color correction Practice Projects for purchase. 

(video) "In Part 12 of this series, learn to apply and manipulate shapes to grade layers and use the MatteTool for the ultimate in shape edge control."

(video) "Joey D'Anna gives you a taste of his NAB 2022 demo artist skillset, sharing the 5 new features he likes the most in DaVinci Resolve 18."

(video) In Part 2 of the Texture Management Series: "Are you adding RGB artifacts into images when sharpening? How is Midtone Detail different (in DaVinci Resolve)? Plus, sharpening in LAB space."

(video) "The team is joined by our newest Contributor, Zeb Chadfield, answering business-related questions on being a colorist and getting paid."

(video) "In Part 3, learn how to go beyond LUTs for an artistic approach to emulating film print looks using Paul Dore's DCTL in an ACES workflow."

(video) "Team Mixing Light helps our members work through confidence problems color grading skin tones, drones, and laptop displays in a live call."

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Gear Heads
Stay updated on the latest hardware that's shipping - because the craft of color grading isn't just about software. Plus, keep an eye on future equipment trends and hardware odds-and-ends.

(video) Your Colorist Newsletter editor interviews FSI CEO Bram Desmet, joining Mixing Light members in a discussion about professional video displays. Bram also takes questions from the live audience in this live stream of a Zoom conference call.

If you've got no budget but have the brains to add a DIT to your crew: "Cheap carts, hand truck modifications, and more. Here are a few camera cart builds you can put together yourself."

From the blog of this Newsletter sponsor, OWC: "In our latest teardown video, we unbox, benchmark, and fully disassemble one of Apple's most powerful computers yet. Go inside the Mac Studio in this OWC teardown. Plus: a look at must-have Thunderbolt accessories for studio professionals."

(video) Details at the story - because it's just a matter of time before you see it in the grading suite.

This article is mostly about the TV makers' pitch for 8K in the home. If you're wondering why they say it's an upgrade worth pursuing, click through.

Sunday Fun(nies)

"Here are the critical times to see the Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse on May 15 and May 16, 2022." If you're in North America and have clear skies, then you'll see this complete lunar eclipse.

Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff that caught my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya got'ta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.