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Rediscovering the Basics of Color Correction

In this series of Insights you learn how to look beyond the obvious. Learn how choices made early in the color correction process impact your final results. Mixing Light co-founder Dan Moran goes back to his roots and explores how an experienced colorist thinks about the fundamentals of the craft.

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Rediscover The Basics - Saturation

Rediscover The Basics – Saturation Welcome back to Mixing Light for 2015! A new year brings a new start and as I was making my new years resolutions I thought…

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Rediscover The Basics - Contrast

Rediscover The Basics – Contrast Next up in my series on rediscovering the basics is to take a look at contrast. In my opinion contrast is the most important part of…

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Rediscover The Basics - Color Temperature

Rediscover The Basics – Color Temperature Next up in my series on rediscovering the basics is to take a look at color temperature. Color temperature is often over looked in the…

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Rediscover The Basics - Node Operations

Rediscover The Basics – Node Operations Nodes are the building blocks in Resolve and often forgotten about. We use them for every single grade in Resolve but normally don’t think…

How to Use Look Up Tables

Look Up Tables (LUTs) is one of the hottest color correction topics of the past 5 years. Mixing Light has spilled buckets of digital ink teaching you how to use, avoid, and think about working with LUTs. These are a sampling of the core Mixing Light Insights on the topic.

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What is a LUT (and how do you use a LUT for color correction)?

Updated: August 2, 2016 – edited text for clarity. What is a LUT(and how do you use a LUT)? A Look-Up Table (LUT) is mathematically precise way of taking specific RGB image values…

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Color Correcting with LUTs: The 3-Node Approach

Organized Nodes Can Save You A Lot Of Time (And Hassle) One LUT to rule them all, One LUT to find them, One LUT to bring them all and 3-Nodes in…

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The Case For Completely Avoiding LUTs (And Going DIY)

In ML0022 I demonstrated how typical camera LUTs (used for expanding the contrast of ‘flat’ log-recorded images), when applied in the middle of color grading operations, break the 32-bit Float…

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How To Work With Arri Alexa LUTs, Part 1: In Action

Day 19: 20 Insights in 20 Days Holiday Marathon If you haven’t watched it, I’ve done an extensive series on LUTs, here on MixingLight.com. Consider this Insight Series a follow-on…

Suggested Reading

Below are some helpful books and resources to supplement this flight path. Continual education is essential to stay current on the latest color grading trends.


Color Correction Handbook, Updated

Alexis Van Hurkman has updated his Color Correction Handbook, which has set the standard for learning all things color correction.

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Color Correction Look Book

This is the second part of the Color Correction Handbook, exploring the creative techniques for over 200 different visual looks. A sort-of recipe book for colorists.

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The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction

Read how a dozen different colorists grade the same footage with the same gear, differently. A fantastic approach to learning the craft of color grading by Steve Hullfish.

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Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows

Don't let the title fool you. Its explanations of how digital images are recorded, sampled and viewed is essential knowledge for anyone who's craft intersects with digital images. Not light reading. But not filled with math either. Highly recommended.

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