Chapter 5. Color Correction

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Color is my obsession, joy and torment...one day, at the deathbed of a dear friend, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples, analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death imposed on her motionless face.

—Claude Monet

When you picture a compositor, you may think of an artist at a workstation busily extracting greenscreen footage, but if I had to name the number one compositing skill, it would be color matching. This ability to authoritatively and conclusively take control of color, so that foreground and background elements seem to inhabit the same world, shots from a sequence ...

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