The Poisoned Pill Edition – Color Grading Sunday Newsletter

February 4, 2024

News, tutorials, and gear from the interwebs related to the art, craft, and business of professional color grading. 04 February 2024 edition.

Issue DLXXVIII: The Poisoned Pill Edition

The Color Grading Newsletter

News, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays. Curated by a professional color grader and the CEO of

Sunday, 4 February 2024
Curated & Published by Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
Long-time readers know I despise the term ‘AI’.

Its current usage in describing business and creative tools is meaningless. There’s no ‘i’ in these tools. They are advanced predictive algorithms trained to give results that humans find meaningful.  Meaningful results that are based solely on our responses to their outputs. But that doesn’t mean these tools won’t have a meaningful impact on the creative arts. They will. And are.

This week, I was reading about Nightshade, a tool that corrupts Generative AI models that try to train on images that have been ‘stamped’ by Nightshade. Then, this morning, I listened to a podcast with a computer scientist who writes a Newsletter dedicated to the ‘A not-I’ industry. I like his non-breathless, pragmatic attitude and analysis.

I hunted down his Substack and found a few articles that I think you may find interesting. I’ve added them in the Craft section and encourage you to read them to help develop your/our thoughts on this topic. I’ve also added his Substack to my ‘follow’ list for this Newsletter.

New Topic: The Newsletter should now be properly formatted on the Mixing Light website.

I expect to make a few more tweaks to how these Newsletters are listed on the Insights Tutorial landing page. But the new formatting pushed out on Friday clearly distinguishes Newsletters from Insights, with separate numbering systems. And it should solve the readability issue on the Mixing Light mobile app.

Over the next few days, the past two months of Newsletters will be updated with this new formatting. If you still see problems with it, please do reply to this email (or, if you’re reading on the web, leave a comment).

Next weekend is my birthday weekend, so I’ll see you either next Sunday or, if I take the weekend off, the following Sunday.

Happy Grading!


Pat Inhofer
Chief Photon Wrangler, Publisher
The Craft
Featuring the work of creative craftsmen, the theory of color, and industry news. Learn practical workflows, useful theories, and actionable insights from existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.
If you’re in London, “Warner Bros. De Lane Lea is seeking an experienced and technically savvy Conform & Colour Assistant to join our world-class talent and facilities on a 12-month fixed-term contract.”
(video) Final episode of Season 2 of this series, “A conversation between Color Scientist Joshua Pines and Colorist Maxine Gervais.”
‘ “The response is simply beyond anything we imagined.” It’s a strong start for the free tool and shows a robust appetite among some artists to protect their work from being used to train AI without consent.’ Click through to learn how Nightshade confuses the Generative AI image models.

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