Dan looks back at a rollercoaster 2020 and his most memorable moments. Then he looks forward to a new color grading suite he's building.
How easy is it to do final finishing in Baselight? Dan shares his approach to adding titles, audio, compositing and rendering
Learn how to establish good color management and clear definitions for your look development workflow.
A member asked for some advice on matching two shots that had distinctly different looks. In this Mailbag, we discuss strategies for matching these shots.
Grading a one-shot music video shot on the Panasonic GH5 was challenging. Check out this Insight to learn Dan's approach.
Cullen shows how to put the analysis of reference images + analysis of shots on the timeline together to create a cohesive, matching look.
In part 1 of a new series, learn the essentials of how to interpret and read references for contrast, tonality, and other key factors.
In the first installment of a new series, Cullen Kelly shares his strategies for quickly getting a grade on its feet by creating global contrast
Do your images need to look more colorful? In this Insight, learn 3 color separation tools for increasing perceptual colorfulness.
In this insight Dan reviews your submissions and shares his own Sci-Fi look using primarily Baseilght Base Grade
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we tackle a hot topic from the world of color grading this past week - is there such as thing as FAKE HDR?
In this Insight, colorist Joey D'Anna, fresh off demoing Resolve 15 at the Blackmagic booth at NAB 2018, shares his thoughts on the top new features that benefit the dedicated colorist the most in Resolve 15.
The color restoration of classic films is one of the few 'Dark Arts' of digital color correction. Colorist Jim Wicks shares his challenges - and lessons learned - from this unforgiving niche of the craft of color grading.
In the last installment for 2017, the Colorist Podcast looks back at some key moments from the series this year with a year in review highlights episode
Download and color correct a challenging video clip - following the instructions of a supervising colorist. And learn about Resolve's noise reduction.
In this insight Dan is reviewing your efforts on his car brief and also sharing his attempt at the shot to show his approach to the grade.
In Part 2 of this series on working with alpha channels in DaVinci Resolve, learn how to use the Key Mixer to solve tricky a tricky problem on a commercial.
Sometimes you have to go full cheese and pay homage to looks and films from the 70s and 80s. In this insight we create a retro Sci-Fi look
Working with key signals in DaVinci Resolve isn't hard - but it's not intuitive either. Once you figure it out, it's also a power feature. Learn more.
Dan Moran shares his thoughts on the best commercial color grade nominations 2016. Top work from excellent colorists are great sources of ideas.
Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?
Sometimes when grading you end up going in totally the wrong direction have to just stop what your doing and start from scratch.
Inspired by the Blade Runner 2049 trailer Dan shares his attempt at recreateing the intense warm washed look.
In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects
Robbie, Pat, and Dan discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies when color grading.
Most of us love to use LUTs behind closed doors. Dan shares his thoughts on why and how to break out of needing LUTs
Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.
Matching Pantone references to video can be tricky at the best of the times. Get advice on getting that exact match - even if it's not precisely correct.
In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!
The summer vacations are winding to a close, the kids are returning back to school and the post industry is winding up for that crazy blur that is the September…
Dan shares his story from the grading room on grading a short promo project for radiohead
Dan shares his top grades from July as a source of great colorist inspiration
Dan shares his techniques for taking your image to the brightness, saturation, and sharpness limits while maintaining legal levels.
Every once and a while you'll need to create a stylized bad TV or surveillance camera look. In this Insight learn how.
Dan shares some looks from his past focusing on two Early '00s looks in particular. One home digital camera one heavy 35mm music video
Early film looks are a very popular request from clients.They can be tricky to build quickly so Dan shares his DRX files that you can download
Dan shares parts of his conversation about the grade on recent wonderful life commercial grade.
Some projects call out for extreme warmth to help back up the story. Learn methods to get an extremely warm feel that looks real.
Get an inside look on methods and techniques a professional digital video colorist uses on a short-form fashion commercial.
Dan shares his node breakdown from his match my shot challenge including a downloadable Resolve project
Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 1 I had an eye opening experience in my grading suite this week. Some clients of mine asked me to match grade some…
It's time to cut your reel and Dan shares his advice on his Showreel 2016
Dan rounds up the best colorist inspiration from February 2016 with some of the best grades from the new year so far.
There is a time in every colorist’s life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage! This insight is based on both creating a parody of…
Sometimes we need to add more to our image to sell a flashback. Dan shares his tips for a firey look and adding diffusion and motion blur.
Dan shares two of his favourite B&W Looks and the DRX files for you to download
Day 16: 25 Insights in 25 Days Holiday Marathon Colorist Inspiration – Dan’s Best Of 2015 As the year comes to an end I thought it would be the perfect…
Dan shares his ENR processed look with his nodes and footage to grade along with at home.
A cold commercial look can help bring bright natural commercial into a moody and grungy world
In this Insight, Dan guides you through key aspects of getting proper skin tone in your grade.
Dan shares his thoughts on how to emulate shooting black and white with a red filter on front of the lens to give an interesting look.
Dan shares his attempt at matching the shot on 35mm film warm commercial look of one of his favorite commercials this year.
Watch a professional colorist share his process for creating a 3-minute Color Correction Demo Reel - including missteps.
Its time for the big christmas ads to roll out and more colorist inspiration. Dan share's some of the top work and one of his own.
A Demo Reel attracts clients—but is it the 'right' kind of client? Learn to build a color correction demo reel that builds your career.
How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.
We all strive to create the most cinematic looking images possible but sometimes its fun to go for a harsh hyperreal sharp bright look.
In color correction we're solving problems. Sometimes they're handed to us, sometimes they're problems we created. See examples of both.
When jobs look good you wonder why your own work might not look as good. In this insight Dan shares his thoughts on Lighting The Looks.
Breaking down the color correction for a 'webisode' and creating a 'Film Look'. Plus, ideas for managing film grain.
Dan shares recent issues from his grading suite and focuses on noise and keying issues when working with a lut on recent jobs
If you need to switch between different Looks in a single shot, learn how to use DaVinci Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' node for fine-tuned control.
The 2015 Best Color Grade nominations are out and Dan wants to know who you would vote for and award best music video grade of 2015!
Learn advanced key-framing techniques as we break down a color correction of a short film for a real-life haunted house.
Sometimes you need to go hard and contrasty with black and white and Dan shares his experience when building a metallic monochrome look
Septembers most memorable grades roll in and dan shares the best work he has seen from young colorists including one of his own!
Colorist Inspiration – August 2015 The Best Grades From Around The World The world of color grading is mostly a thankless craft. Regular viewers don’t even know we exist and most…
Rebooting Your eyes can be tricky after spending hours, days or even weeks on a project. Dan shares how to refresh your eyes for a grade.
The question of how to commercials look so good crops up constantly. Dan shares the in and outs of a grading session to show you how
In this insight Dan shares a Grade Breakdown on a recent commercial to challenge you to use your eyes to notice all his grades
In this Insight, contributor Josh Petok shows a straight forward but very effective way to use Resolve's curves to deconstruct a look.
Working with Tricky DSLR footage can be frustrating. Dan pulls out some awful clips from his archive and does his best to fix them.
Rendering filtered timelines in DaVinci Resolve is a two-step process... Learn how to get it done.
What's a quick and efficient color correction workflow when collaborating with a client? Part 1 shows you, using Resolve's Grouping feature.
How do they make car commercials look so polished and refined? Dan shows you some common techniques used on a car commercial.
We take a look at the Best UK Commercials of 2014 in the world of uk color grading.
Time to take the image into the next level with a fashion look in part two of the series on advanced beauty grading.
Advanced Beauty Grading is quite a dark art in the world of color grading. Dan shows you his approach to beauty grading on a commercial.
In part two of this series Dan dives into Resolve and tries out the methods first hand. Enjoying the restrictions and relief of grading.
The clarity slider in some Adobe apps is a popular way to add a little pop or punch to a shot. Learn 3 methods for emulating this control.
Have you ever wondered why Christopher Nolan uses color timing instead of a DI for his grades? We take a look at the color timing world
The leave color behind look is something every colorist should have in their tool kit. Learn 4 different methods for creating this look.
YSFX tools in Resolve can be used to create vintage looks especially when combined with selectively applying them. Learn this technique now
Commercial Breakdown - Rolo. Dan shares another instalment of his series of behind the scenes insights. We build looks for different eras.
Dan shows you how he built a Halloween Slasher Look inspired by classic 80s movies for a recent teaser commercial for Halloween.
Using multiple windows and tracking them into your scene gives you total control of your image and allows you to build powerful looks.
Dan takes a look at his latest commercial grade and shares the thinking and techniques behind the grades.
We visit the colour grading work of Company 3 master colorist Dave Hussey – rock star colourist and all round awesome guy
Dan breaks down a shot from camera rushes to final look. He shares the good the bad and the ugly grades from starting point to final grade.
Frequently we need to make blown-out highlights in our videos look intentional. I demonstrate doing that using Lens Flares from Sapphire 7.
In this insight dan takes you through a journey of setting the time of day in a scene. The flow of the story is key when setting a time.
Have you ever had to build a look that helps put a shot into a certain era? Learn how to approach this challenge - and download a 6K RED Dragon shot to give it a shot and share with us.
Learn how to quickly create a blurred or glowing highlights look using DaVinci Resolve
Adding grain can be hard to manage in Resolve but handy to have in your 'toolbox'. Dan shows you a simple way to add grain, without a plugin.
Are you having trouble getting bright, happy images that aren't also feeling flat? Learn how I get around this by dropping the midtones.
Reference Images - Matching To A Reference. Have you ever had to match your footage to a famous movie or photo? Dan will show you how.
In Colorist Circuit Training Part 2 we take a look at a sample exercise where Dan assesses his grades to find the best version.
Learn how the Double Side Technique can help you to create more dynamic color corrections on flat or boring shots. This simple technique can generate multitudes of stylized Looks.
Get the most out of your 'Pieces To Camera' (on-camera Stand-Ups) using power windows and curves on footage that needs to look normal.
Color correcting long steadicam shots can be a challenge. Learn how a professional colorist cracks this nut with shapes, tracking and keyframes.
In Part 2 of this series you learn how to use the Add and Screen blending modes to create glows, texture or light leaks to your moving images.
Learn how you can easily add some fun 'video distortion' to a music video or commercial using some creative Splitter-Combiner techniques in DaVinci Resolve.
Can you perform simple compositing in DaVinci Resolve? Yes. Plus, you can use blending modes and alpha channels to add visual effects or graphics.
Learn how to perform basic online editing tasks in DaVinci Resolve 10. This tutorial looks at compositing, titles and Sapphire plug-ins.
In this installment of the Fake Film Trailer, I start color correcting Red Dragon footage. It's my first time working with this camera.
It's easy to get lost in the weeds when color correcting. Learn a Color Correction Time Management technique that keeps you from missing deadlines!
The Dream Sequence Look is commonly requested. You learn how to create a 'Heavenly White' Look for an indie feature film—and try it out on your next job. No plug-ins, just the standard tools you'll find in most software.