It’s All About Color

Last week my class ad a special treat, the colorist Gary Coates came to our class and gave a presentation on color correction.  As a bonus Gary Coates eve left his color kit for us to take and use for ourselves.


I found the presentation very helpful. I learned about effects in final cut pro that I had not really explored before. One of the effects I learned about was the RGB balance, which is good for exposure adjustments, stylizing, and white and black balancing. Another effect that I learned about were mattes which allows you to isolate portions of the screen and then you can adjust the color for those portions.


Gary Coates took us step by step through changing the color temperature of footage. It was interesting to see how such little changes in the gamma or RGB balance can make such a big difference to the color. I still have a lot to explore and learn about color correction, but being able to learn even a little bit from Gary Coates is definitely a privilege.


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