Creative Grading - Retro Sci-fi Look

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

In Action: Working with Key Signals in DaVinci Resolve

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.

Find Your Color Correct Inspiration -Best Colorist Nominations 2017

Dan Moran shares his thoughts on the best commercial color grade nominations 2016. Top work from excellent colorists are great sources of ideas.

From The Grading Room - Are We Sterilizing Images?

Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?

From The Grading Room – Knowing When To Start From Scratch

Sometimes when grading you end up going in totally the wrong direction have to just stop what your doing and start from scratch.

Feature Inspired Looks – Blade Runner 2049

Inspired by the Blade Runner 2049 trailer Dan shares his attempt at recreateing the intense warm washed look.

Colorist Podcast Episode 08

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects

From The Mailbag EP 35: The Look Of 'Westworld' & Look Philosophies

In this installment of 'From The Mailbag', Team Mixing Light discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies.

Why We Love LUTs – Replace Your LUT Addiction

Most of us love to use LUTs behind closed doors. Dan shares his thoughts on why and how to break out of needing LUTs

How To Quickly Generate Color Correction Ideas

Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.

Matching Pantone References - And When To Say No

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.

An Interview with Professional Colorist Rob Bessette

In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!

Colorist Inspiration –  August 2016

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…

From The Grading Room – Radiohead

Dan shares his story from the grading room on grading a short promo project for radiohead

Colorist Inspiration – July 2016

Dan shares his top grades from July as a source of great colorist inspiration

Dirty Looks: Taking Your Image To The Limit

Dan shares his techniques for taking your image to the limit while maintaining legal levels.

Bad TV: Essential Steps For Creating The Bad TV Look

Every once and a while you'll need to create a stylized bad TV or surveillance camera look. In this Insight learn how.

Dirty Looks: Early '00s Looks

Dan shares some looks from his past focusing on two Early '00s looks in particular. One home digital camera one heavy 35mm music video

Dirty Looks – Early Film Looks

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

From The Grading Room – Wonderful Life

Dan shares parts of his conversation about the grade on recent wonderful life commercial grade.

Dirty Looks – Extreme Warmth

Sometimes projects call out for extreme warmth to help backup the story. Shows like breaking bad show that going to the extreme like in the desert pay off.

From The Grading Room: Fashion Commercial

From The Grading Room Fashion Commercial Recently I graded a beautiful fashion commercial so I thought it would be great to share another tale from the grading room with you…

Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 2

Dan shares his node breakdown from his match my shot challenge including a downloadable Resolve project

Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 1

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…

Showreel 2016 – Who Is Your Target Audience?

It's time to cut your reel and Dan shares his advice on his Showreel 2016

Colorist Inspiration - February 2016 » MixingLight.com

Dan rounds up the best colorist inspiration from February 2016 with some of the best grades from the new year so far. 

Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look

Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look There is a time in every colorists life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage! This insight…

Look Inspiration – Adding Narrative To A Flashback

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.

Look Inspiration - B&W Looks

Dan shares two of his favourite B&W Looks and the DRX files for you to download

Look Inspiration - Colorized Film Look

Dan shares his look and drx files for a Colorized Film Look

Colorist Inspiration – Dan’s Best Of 2015

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…

Look Inspiration – ENR Processed Look

Dan shares his ENR processed look with his nodes and footage to grade along with at home.

Look Inspiration – Cold Commercial Look

A cold commercial look can help bring bright natural commercial into a moody and grungy world

Skin Tone Essentials

In this Insight, Dan guides you through key aspects of getting proper skin tone in your grade.  

Look Inspiration - Red Filtered B&W » MixingLight.com

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.

Look Inspiration - Warm Commercial Look » MixingLight.com

Dan shares his attempt at matching the shot on 35mm film warm commercial look of one of his favorite commercials this year.

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel, Part 2

Watch a professional colorist share his process for creating a 3-minute Color Correction Demo Reel - including missteps.

Colorist Inspiration - November » MixingLight.com

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.

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel

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.

Finding Opportunities When Color Correcting

How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.

Look Inspiration - Hyperreal Look » MixingLight.com

We all strive to create the most cinematic looking images possible but sometimes its fun to go for a harsh hyperreal sharp bright look.

Color Correction Breakdown: Solving Problems

In color correction we're solving problems. Sometimes they're handed to us, sometimes they're problems we created. See examples of both.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Lighting The Looks

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.

Creating a 'Film Look' and Managing Film Grain

Breaking down the color correction for a 'webisode' and creating a 'Film Look'. Plus, ideas for managing film grain.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Pains In The LUT

Dan shares recent issues from his grading suite and focuses on noise and keying issues when working with a lut on recent jobs

Using Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' to Switch Between Looks

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.

Colorist Inspiration - Best Color Grade Nominations

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!

Advanced Key-Framing Tips: A Color Correction Breakdown

Learn advanced key-framing techniques as we break down a color correction of a short film for a real-life haunted house.

Look Inspiration - Metallic Monochrome » MixingLight.com

Sometimes you need to go hard and contrasty with black and white and Dan shares his experience when building a metallic monochrome look

Colorist Inspiration - September 2015 Mixinglight.com

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 MixingLight.com

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 : How To Step Back From Your Grade

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.

Anatomy Of A Commercial Color 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

Grade Breakdown - Challenge Your Imagination

In this insight Dan shares a Grade Breakdown on a recent commercial to challenge you to use your eyes to notice all his grades

Using DaVinci Resolve's Curves To Deconstruct A Look

In this Insight, contributor Josh Petok shows a straight forward but very effective way to use Resolve's curves to deconstruct a look.

Damage Control - Working With Tricky DSLR Footage

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

Rendering filtered timelines in DaVinci Resolve is a two-step process... Learn how to get it done.

Color Correction Workflow: Seeing Like Your Client

What's a quick and efficient color correction workflow when collaborating with a client? Part 1 shows you, using Resolve's Grouping feature.

Colorist Look Inspiration - Car Commercials » MixingLight.com

How do they make car commercials look so polished and refined? Dan shows you some common techniques used on a car commercial.

Colorist Inspiration - The Best UK Commercials of 2014

We take a look at the Best UK Commercials of 2014 in the world of uk color grading.

Advanced Beauty Grading Part Two : The Fashion Look

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 Part One MixingLight.com

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.

Photochemical Grading - Part Two » MixingLight.com

In part two of this series Dan dives into Resolve and tries out the methods first hand. Enjoying the restrictions and relief of grading.

Adding Some Clarity: 3 Different Methods

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.

Photochemical Grading - Part One » MixingLight.com

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

4 Ways To Create The Leave Color Behind Look

The leave color behind look is something every colorist should have in their tool kit. Learn 4 different methods for creating this look.

Selectively Apply The "Instagram" Look With YSFX

YSFX tools in Resolve can be used to create vintage looks especially when combined with selectively applying them. Learn this technique now

Color Correction Breakdown - Spanning the Ages

Commercial Breakdown - Rolo. Dan shares another instalment of his series of behind the scenes insights. We build looks for different eras.

Look Library - Halloween Slasher | MixingLight.com

Dan shows you how he built a Halloween Slasher Look inspired by classic 80s movies for a recent teaser commercial for Halloween.

Advanced Windows - Multiple Windows & Tracking

Using multiple windows and tracking them into your scene gives you total control of your image and allows you to build powerful looks.

UKMVA's Best Color - MixingLight.com

Dan showcases the best of the best in UKMVA's Best Color grading award catagory.

Commercial Breakdown - Smirnoff | MixingLight.com

Dan takes a look at his latest commercial grade and shares the thinking and techniques behind the grades.

Colorist Inspiration - Dave Hussey

We visit the colour grading work of Company 3 master colorist Dave Hussey – rock star colourist and all round awesome guy

Circuit Training - From Camera Rushes To Final Look

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.

How to make Blown-Out Highlights Look Intentional

Frequently we need to make blown-out highlights in our videos look intentional. I demonstrate doing that using Lens Flares from Sapphire 7.

Narrative Grading - Time Of Day | Mixinglight.com

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.

Narrative Grading - Setting A Time Period | MixingLight.com

Have you ever had to build a look that helps put a shot into a certain era? Dan Moran shows you how he approaches the challenge

A Straightforward Approach To Creating Blurred or Glowing Highlights

Learn how to quickly create a blurred or glowing highlights look using DaVinci Resolve

Adding Grain Efficiently MixingLight.com

Adding grain can be hard to manage in Resolve. Dan shows you the easiest way to have grain ready in your colorist toolbox.

How to create a light, airy feel by dropping the midtones

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 MixingLight

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.

Colorist Circut Training Part 2 Mixinglight.com

In Colorist Circuit Training Part 2 we take a look at a sample exercise where Dan assesses his grades to find the best version.

Double Side Technique: Complementary Color On Both Sides Of The Frame

Learn how the Double Side Technique can help you to create more dynamic color grades on flat or boring shots.

Analysing Your Footage : Pieces To Camera

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.

Techniques for Color Correcting Long Steadicam Shots

Color correcting long steadicam shots can be a challenge. Learn how a professional colorist cracks this nut with shapes, tracking and keyframes.

Color Correcting With Blending Modes : Using the Add & Screen Modes

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.

How To Creatively Use DaVinci Resolve's Splitter-Combiner Nodes

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.

Color Correcting A Film Trailer: Simple Compositing (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.

Basic Visual Effects & Online Editing in DaVinci Resolve 10

Learn how to perform basic online editing tasks in DaVinci Resolve 10. This tutorial looks at compositing, titles and Sapphire plug-ins.

Color Correcting A Fake Film Trailer: Grading RED Dragon Footage

In this installment of the Fake Film Trailer, I start color correcting Red Dragon footage. It's my first time working with this camera.

Color Correction Time Management: Grading in Passes

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!

How To Create a Dream Sequence Look: 'Heavenly Whites'

The Dream Sequence Look is commonly requested. You learn how I created a 'Heavenly White' Look for an indie feature film—and try it out on your next job.

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