[TaoColorist] Sunday Morning Reading (The Skin Tones Edition)

Published: Sun, 05/18/14

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The Tao Colorist

Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor 
for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sunday.

    Issue CXCV                                                                               A TaoOfColor.com Publication

Publisher: Pat Inhofer                                                            Managing Editor: Jim Wicks

From the Publisher

  • We're running a bit short on The Tools this week.
  • I'll make it up to you next week!
  • In the meantime, my newest Video Color Correction Home Study officially launches on Tuesday May 20 at 8am (New York City time).
  • You'll get an email from me Tuesday with a launch special discount code.
  • For a preview and pricing, the website is officially ready. Check it out, I think it's pretty cool. (training.taoofcolor.com)
See you next week! Happy Grading!

The Craft

  • Gamma vs Gamma - what is the difference between Display Gamma and Gamma Correction Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional there is a lot of info packed into this post. Click through to dig deep.  (wolfcrow.com)
  • Color 365 - the goal of this website is to curate 1 color pallet every day for an entire year. 120 days in and there are lots of stunning images. Dig deep and be inspired. (colour-365.tumblr.com)
  • A Beginner's Guide To Aspect Ratios - A pretty good entry in this genre of filmmaking articles. (empireonline.com)
  • How to Color Correct for Skin Tones - beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but skin tone is everything. Check out this blog post on how one photographer uses Photoshop to get his photos picture perfect. By the numbers. (eduardoangel.com)
  • Twitch and Shout! - as a Colorist, your eyes are your tools. But have you ever experienced eye twitching? It's annoying when it happens, particularly in a session. Click through to find out the causes. (online.wsj.com)

The Tools

  • [pdf] Tal's Avid-Resolve Round Trip - A step-by-step guide. (creativecow.net via Yoram Tai)
  • New Get Start Fast With Media Composer - Want to get an license of Media Composer... but don't have the cash? How about a monthly subscription option? This link is to a FAQ on the new pricing options. (community.avid.com)

S P O N S O R E D    M E S S A G E

Tao of Color's Official Calibration Software

Announcing: CalMAN for FSI

A brand new version of the world's favorite calibration and profiling software. Optimized to make your Flanders Scientific reference monitor 
as accurate as it can be made.

Breakthrough 3D LUT algorithms create 
a level of accuracy literally never seen before.

CalMAN for FSI is available at a very attractive price, 

The Business

  • SMPTE, Color, and UHDTV - a new paper from SMPTE's Technology Committee tackles the question of how to deliver 4K content to the home. Of interest to Colorists is SMPTE's belief that color correction will be required twice in the UHDTV workflow. (studiodaily.com)
  • It ain't over till it's over - think shooting motion pictures on celluloid is a dying art form? You might want to re-think that after reading what DP Dan Mindel has to say about shooting the Amazing Spiderman 2. (motion.kodak.com)
  • Straight talk - director Joe Carnahan is one of the most honest and outspoken directors in Hollywood, never shy about telling people what's what. Joe takes on the Hollywood business model in a 3 part interviews series. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Friends & Family

MixingLight.com is a companion membership website to TaoOfColor.com. Want to read a story listed here but not a member? A free 24-hour test drive is available.

  • [video] Using External Mattes in DaVinci Resolve - Strategies for assigning and managing your rotoscopes. (mixinglight.com)
  • The Science of NOT Selling Yourself Short, Part 1 - Do you think that the Sales process begins and ends at the door to your color grading suite? If you work a post-production facility, Part 1 gives you ideas on how the colorist can help increase Sales for the entire team. (mixinglight.com)
  • [video] DaVinci Resolve: Using Contrast to create a quick S-Curve - Like the title says, a surprising alternative to using the curves interface. (mixinglight.com)
  • [video] DaVinci Resolve: A quick recipe for glowing or blurred highlights - with a good tweak to this approach in the Comments. (mixinglight.com)

S P O N S O R E D   M E S S A G E

Tao of Color's Official LCD Reference Monitors

Flanders Scientific Broadcast Monitors

The CM series is an affordable line of color critical reference LCD & OLED monitors featuring 10bit panels, 12 bit, 4:4:4 and XYZ signal formats, CFE2 Advanced LUT support for 3D Calibration LUTs and 3D DIT LUTs ,  3G/ Dual-Link/ HD/ SD-SDI Inputs, 13 onboard scopes on all inputs and world class support.

All standard and starting at only $2,495.


Learn More About the FSI CM Series Monitors

Outside 'The Box'

  • [video] The Searchers - go behind the scenes of one of John Ford's all time great motion pictures. Check out the color home movies of Ford and John Wayne together, flying, driving, and boozing. (vimeo.com)
  • Hitch-hiker's guide to filmmaking - fancy yourself making a film like Alfred Hitchcock? If you itch to be like Hitch then channel your inner Alfred and study a breakdown of the Master's techniques. (nofilmschool.com)
  • Restoring a classic - Oklahoma! isn't your ordinary Hollywood musical. It was shot at 30fps, half a century before Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit. Restoring this classic in 4K wasn't easy. Read how they did it.  (studiodaily.com)

Current Colorist Control Surface Drivers
JL Cooper Eclipse: Software v2.9.9 | Updated February 24, 2013

Tangent Design: HUB v1.1.6 | Wave Firmware v1.12 | Updated January'ish 2014

Avid Artist Color: Mac v3.1.2 | Win v3.1.2 | Updated March 3, 2014
Sunday Morning Fun(nies)

  • DIY Crayons - why, you may ask, are we including a story about how to make crayons at home? Not just any crayons, eco-friendly crayons. Why? To help you get in touch with your inner child, of course. And remember to play nice kids.  (craftingagreenworld.com)
  • [video] Johnny Express - it turns out that Johnny is not only a lazy delivery guy, but also an accidental mass murderer. Trust us, this is a fun 5 minute video that will be time well spent. (vimeo.com)
  • [video] Anamorphic illusion - as creatives you know how to make magic onscreen. Whether creating or watching, being fooled by your eyes is always fun. (youtube.com)
  • [video] Around the World in 360° Degrees - what do you get after visiting 36 countries in 600 days? A 3 year epic selfie in under 3 minutes. (youtube.com)
  • Pop Culture Icons Carved Into Crayola Crayons - Precisely like the headline says. (mymodernmet.com)

Weekend Warriors

  • [video] DIY photography hacks - 7 simple photography tips and tricks that will make you look like you're a better photographer for almost no money. Cool stuff. (youtube.com)

Gear Heads

New Kid on the Block

  • [app] What price beauty? - Photox (rhymes with Botox) takes photo retouching to a new level. Upload your photos via the free app for iPhone and Android. A professional touch up artist does the rest. In as little as 15 minutes. Cost? From 99 cents to $9US. (getphotox.com)

Have you ever wanted to sit with a colorist
while they color correct?

Now, you can!

Coming Soon from TaoOfColor.com:

Mother Died: The Grade Along

=> Download a short film (shot on RED, 5K, 5:1)

=> Grade Along with TaoOfColor founder Patrick Inhofer

=> Send Patrick your work, he'll evaluate it as your Senior Colorist

Click to read the official announcement

Launching Tuesday May 20 at 8am (NYC time)!

Getting Ahead

  • Leadership - if you want to lead it isn't about telling people what to do. It's about getting them to take the initiative. And it begins with using the right language. (99u.com)
  • The world is your garage sale - want to buy used gear online? Want to get a product that works, is reliable and in good condition without getting screwed? Click through for the essential guide to buying stuff online. (lifehacker.com)
  • How to get a job at Google - Google hires a lot of smart people. Google pays well. So when the head of Google HR speaks out about what makes a good resumé, we should probably listen.( Part 1 | Part 2 )

Tweet of the Week

WOW! I need this for my edit desk...PURFECT!! My birthday soon so if all of you can club together... ;) pic.twitter.com/HpRrFx5gq1


  • [video] Beyond: Memoirs in a Time Lapse - we love time lapses and when they are done this well, they get featured in the Showcase. This is filmmaker Beno Sardazic's cinematic take on 2 1/2 years of time lapse shooting in the UAE. Beno emailed us to say that he used Red Giant's Magic Bullet and Premiere's own CC tools for color grading. Grab your big high-def monitor and check it out. (vimeo.com)

A Step Too Far?

  • [video] Filthy Drum and Bass - if you've ever complained about modern music missing a human element, meet your nightmare: a robot percussionist. (vimeo.com)

Th- Th- That's ALL Folks! See you next week. 

Happy Grading!
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The Book Shelf
  • Color Correction Handbook, Updated - Alexis Van Hurkman has updated his Color Correction Handbook, which has set the standard for learning all things color correction. (amazon.com)
  • Color Correction Look Book - This is the second part of the Color Correction Handbook, exploring the creative techniques for over 200 different visual looks. A sort-of recipe book for colorists. (amazon.com
  • The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction - Read how a dozen different colorists grade the same footage with the same gear, differently. A fantastic approach to learning the craft of color grading by Steve Hullfish. (amazon.com)
  • Autodesk Smoke Essentials - Walk through grading a short sci-fi film (with downloadable ProRes4444 source material) while learning the ultimate online finishing app...  Autodesk Smoke. (amazon.com)
  • Color Grading with Avid and Symphony - Written for version 6. Fully applicable to version 7. I was a contributor. (amazon.com)
  • Adobe Speedgrade CC: Classroom in a Book - A solid book for a solid grading app. (amazon.com)
  • Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows - Don't let the title fool you. I'm only a third way through this book and its explanations of how digital images are recorded, sampled and viewed is essential knowledge for anyone who's craft intersects with digital images. Not light reading. But not filled with math either. I highly recommend this book. (amazon.com)
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