Color Grading Challenge – Tri-X Style Black & White

January 22, 2021

Dan briefs you on a Black & White Tri-X look. If you grade to his brief and post in the comments, he'll play 'client' and offer feedback.

Day 22: 24 Insights in 24 Days New Year Marathon

Black & White Grading Challenge

I had a request from a couple of Mixing Light members to bring back the Grading Challenges so here we are and we are looking at building a dirty Kodak Tri-X Film Stock inspired look.

I love dishing out a brief and seeing how every single one of us will come up with something totally different.

If you’ve never taken part in one before please do this time!

It’s essentially me role-playing as the client and setting a brief for the grade and also giving feedback on your attempts in the comments section

I also wrap up things by doing a video Insight with the same footage and comparing my looks to yours.

In a slight change from the usual format, I’ve actually included my attempt at the look in Part 1. I’d still urge you to try your own version for fun before watching my grade but if you don’t have the time you can freely enjoy my look building.

Sneak peak of my grade

The goal of setting a brief is to give you a focused area to work on.

The hard part about grading is there are so many options and creative choices that you need to narrow it down to something specific to really challenge yourself.

There is no winner and no loser on challenges like this it’s all about refining your client skills and practicing your grading skills.

Onto the challenge!

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