Color correction and color grading can be tricky. Basic color correction such as skin tones and black levels can be metered with your scopes. When it comes to color grading though, color is an artistic and subjective choice. That said, now matter how artistic you go, there still are few best practices you can follow to get the very best grade possible. Youtuber Casey Feris teaches us 7 great tips on how to rock a color grade properly in his newest tutorial video. Wether the internet trolls don’t like your work, or you are over-grading your footage, or your style is just truly unique – you will want to give this one a watch!
- Dont crush the blacks
- Make sure the white balance is correct
- Make sure your shots match
- Do better keying on your shots
- Don’t make it obvious to the viewer
- Make the grade match the tone of your film.
- Keep your director/client’s view in mind
We could go insane debating the difference between ‘correct’ and ‘artistic choice’ – who is to say that the grade needs to match the tone of your film or that an obvious grade to your viewer is something to avoid? Sometimes the discord between the grade matching the tone of the film brings new focus to different parts of your narrative; and for dream sequences or flashbacks, making the grade obvious to your viewer symbolizes the temopral shift. Ultimately the best option is to fall somewhere in between what is considered correct and artistic choice – your grade should be technically sound and not degrade the footage, but also achieves the artistic style that you are striving to create in your film.
And if you’ve got a few more minutes, why not check out our feature Top 10 Premiere Pro CC Tools and Shortcuts to become a faster editor!