Pro Tips for Expanding Your Color Grading Skills

Feb 15, 2019

Color grading is still a mystery for many and it's no secret there’s a huge knowledge gap in dealing with color in post-production. Very often, it’s only an afterthought, but it’s clear that coloring a film in the correct or fitting way is as important to the final result as selecting the right lighting while shooting. The multitude of cameras and video file formats out there give filmmakers around the world a lot of choices these days when it comes to the selection of their working gear. It also makes a lot of things more complicated. Footage from different cameras looks very different and needs to be treated differently to get the best results. Then there’s also the mixture of 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit material that we are constantly dealing with, with the majority of people certainly shooting in 8-bit which originally was never meant to be graded. Mixing different cameras on shoots has really become the norm, but making them really look alike is still a huge challenge for many.

As a follow-up to our 2018 year-end blog post "How to Become a Colorist" with Ollie Kenchington, check out this video he produced along with Cinema 5D where he shares eight pro tips to help you expand your color grading skills.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time and all with the click of a button.




SpeedLooks User Profile - Nick Zacharkiw

Feb 10, 2019

"I love shaping the image to give it focus. By increasing or removing detail I can lead the viewer’s eyes. You don’t want something distracting in the background taking away from the foreground. I lean towards the green-blue and yellow tones with a dark contrasted look, where shadows and light give definition. I use SpeedLooks because not only am I a colorist, but an editor, designer and compositor as well. It speeds up my workflow through all these different applications and allows me to use my time more efficiently".

Check out Nick's colorist reel for insight into his love for color finishing.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time and all with the click of a button.



LookLabs Staff Pick - Abracadavers

Jan 29, 2019

When Numera Films brought their comedy/fantasy series Abracadavers to Color by LookLabs for final grading, we knew we had signed up for some serious fun.The plot follows lead character Chris, who recently lost his mother in a hair salon chair accident. While some might keep a simple reminder, like a picture, Chris can’t seem to fight his obsessive-compulsive disorder to keep the hair salon chair that killed his mother.

Gabriel, his closest friend, believes this is more than an obsession and along with a group of friends, kidnaps him and the salon chair and embarks on a road trip where everyone discovers, as Chris had previously begun to expect, that the salon chair gives those close to it superpowers. What more can we say!

The comedic tone of this web series was accented by a unique color palette and overall punchy, vibrant look. Under the watchful eye of director Morgan Ermter, we combined LookLabs DFS Fuji and SpeedLooks Big to create something new and unique … just like Abracadavers.

Check out this grading vignette and see the end result.

DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time and all with the click of a button.


The 70's - Romatic Reds and Soulful Blues

Jan 10, 2019

While TV dramas continue to look like they were lit by a sponge, 2018 gave us a wealth of beautiful film images like Roma’s black-and-white treatment while The Favourite introduced a whole new generation to the wonders of wide-angle lenses. But few recent movies have gotten as much out of the entire color spectrum as Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk. Every frame of the film is a feast of gorgeous shades, as Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton conjure a vision of ’70s New York filled with rich greens, romantic reds, soulful blues, and eye-popping yellows.

Check out this wonderful article by Nate Jones on vulture.com, “How Beale Street Got Those Eye-popping Color” for his thoughts on this film and color-theory… https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/if-beale-street-co...

View the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk to see the vision of Barry Jenkins and James Laxton.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time and all with the click of a button.



How To Become A Colorist, Read On....

Dec 31, 2018

"I’ve been professionally color grading for over a decade, but I knew that I wanted to be a colorist after I watched a making-of documentary for the Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, back in 2002. There was a segment about Peter Doyle, who was the senior colorist on all of the Lord of the Rings films. I remember there was a scene in the mines of Moria, and Peter was color grading Legolas’ eyes, to make them look more blue. He tracked the eyes as Legolas jumped off Balin’s tomb, and I remember being absolutely amazed by it and just thinking to myself that that’s what I wanted to do. So I did some digging and found Peter’s email address and contacted him. Amazingly, not only did he reply, he actually offered me a job as his color assistant on the Return of the King!"

For the complete interview with Ollie Kenchinton by Bato Prosic from Cinema5d.com, click on this link: https://www.cinema5d.com/how-to-become-a-colorist-...,

DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Go to looklabs.net to learn more.


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