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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video by Alexis Van Hurkman

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Introduction

Because you do not have to imitate, like painters, sculptors, novelists, the appearance of persons and objects (machines do that for you), your creation or invention confines itself to the ties you knot between the various bits of reality caught. There is also the choice of the bits. Your flair decides.

—Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004)

If you’re reading this in the bookstore or online to see whether this book is for you, it’s important that you understand what this book is not. This book will not teach you the basics of color correction, nor will it teach you how to balance shots in a program to play as a seamless whole, how to isolate features of an image for specific adjustment, or how to achieve desirable skin tone. These topics ...

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