Thinking Like A Colorist - Approaching Black And White

Thinking Like A Colorist – Approaching Black And White

January 2, 2017

Dan shares the skills he learned in the darkroom and how he applies them to grading black and white in DaVinci Resolve


Day 2: 25 Insights in 25 Days New Year Marathon

Thinking Like A Colorist – Approaching Black And White

Grade Breakdown

We kick off this weeks insight with a review of last weeks western scene and I have to say I am very impressed with both the amount of comments I had and also the quality of the grades!

I also learned a couple of things about my own grade!

My jacket was too pink and the horse in the centre was a little too saturated.

I love that the learning goes both ways on Mixing Light!

I’d love to see lots of comments and your grades on this insight as well.

Footage Link

You can download the some of the clips here to try grading yourself before watching my video insight below.

Before you watch my video please have a go at the clip yourself!

The clips I’m using are

EPIC DRAGON 6K FF (6144×3160)

and

EPIC M-X MONOCHROME

5K FF (5120×2700)

clip from the above link.

Where can we take B&W Looks?

I love doing insights on Black and White. I could honestly do them all day everyday.

I’m heavily influenced by two photographers when it comes to my grading in general especially their use of textures.

The first is Anton Corbijn : you can find a great example of his work here.

The second is Ansel Adams who I’ve had a fascination with since I was young thanks to my Dad.

For this insight I’ll be speaking about techniques I learned in the photography world and going for an Ansel Adams style look.

To give you an idea of his style take a look at the image below. I’d highly recommend downloading the high res version linked in the caption.

adams_the_tetons_and_the_snake_river
Download The Full Version Here From The National Archives Catalogue

 

My main goal with grading is to distribute the tones in a nice way that gives us as much texture as possible.

I’ll show you a couple of my approaches that apply to grading in general but more particularly Black and White grading.

I also reference a previous insight where I showed a Red filtered Black and White technique which you can find here.

 If you’ve got any questions, be sure to leave a comment!

-Dan

Thinking Like A Colorist - Approaching Black And White

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