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 this From The Mailbag, we discuss the current and the possible future of work from home & remote workflows + concerns that we might not be consindering.
Attorney Seth Polansky, Esq, discusses the rights of creative pros if clients start pulling your jobs (and you've turned away other work).
In this Insight, Robbie reflects on 2019 and shares some of his goals for 2020 to help run a stronger color correction buisness
Are you wondering how much colorists, DITs, or one of their assistants charge per-hour in your city? Katie shares the findings from a survey.
In this episode of From The Mailbag we discuss a member's email about how he feels he should be landing bigger projects but isn't.
A Mixing Light member has color graded for an internal team for years. But how does he know if he's ready for outside client color sessions?
As media professionals we need to protect our digital identities from being used to spear-phish our clients. Learn how DMARC does this.
Learn how to set up Adobe Premiere Pro for HDR workflows and to make Apple Retina's displayP3 monitors 'accurate' for web-based deliverables.
The ACES color management workflow is a key technology for major Hollywood productions. Learn how an Indie film implemented ACES.
We take a look at Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 and ask, as creative professionals, was it too dark and where did it go wrong?
Team Mixing Light tackles a member's question on how to handle a DP who doesn't trust any monitor in a facility?
Failure is a part of any business, but how you process and recover from failure can make a big difference on how you succeed next time.
Getting paid quickly is a key part to running your own business. In this Mailbag we discuss strategies for getting paid on-time.
Team Mixing Light revisits the idea of using a single large format monitor in a color suite. Is it a viable solution?
Multiple members have recently written asking the same question: Is it a colorists' responsibility to archive media and project files?
In this Insight, Robbie looks at 5 pre-grade tips that can help you increase your overall session speed when it comes time to grade a project.
Dan kicks off a new grading challenge where he plays your client. It's based on a 90s pop video style color grade he recently recreated.
Pat, Robbie and Mixing Light Contributor Joey D'Anna discuss what can DPs and onset staff do to make the final color grade easier?
We discuss the best advice we've received for our color grading careers. From attitude to technical to creative, we share what's worked.
Learn some of my best tips and tricks for self-promotion and building a strong personal brand online, without feeling weird or insincere - even if you're socially awkward and aren't good at 'networking'.
We've got lots of questions from members asking how to get started as a professional colorist and how has grading changed over the years?
In this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh sits down with colorist, trainer and industry visionary Dado Valentic to discuss his much talked about presentation on color grading and AI, HDR workflow, on tools for colorists and more!
Dan Moran recently joined the freelance world. He's curious how Pat and Robbie handle a client who rejects a grade - fix it or charge more?
We all know that a good cart is essential to a DIT's kit. But what if there is no room for your cart? What options do you have when size becomes a cause for concern? Get a list of differently-sized DIT Carts for odd situations.
Do you want to cram a ton of productivity into your life? Get insight into how to do that from a highly productive post professional.Get tips and strategies to maximize your down time or add something to your life you never had time for.
In the first installment of the Colorist Podcast for 2018, Josh sits down with well-known colorist Ian Vertovec from Light Iron. They discuss Ian's work, ACES, HDR, VFX workflow and much more!
As post production becomes increasingly decentralized, there are growing opportunities for us to take our talents and work abroad. This Insight offers first-hand wisdom from editors and colorists all over the world, working internationally.
Film restoration and remastering is a specialty in the craft of color grading. Learn how a Hollywood colorist handles its unique challenges?
As a DIT, at some point you will be asked, "What hard drive do you recommend for our shoot?" Before you answer, ask yourself: Is your favorite hard drive the proper drive for THIS job?
We all fail. The trick is to learn how to learn from our failures; by setting up a system for honest evaluation that serves you, years into the future.
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
Getting into the holiday spirit, in this Insight Robbie shares 12 strategies to improving your color correction business in 2018
In this installment, Josh talks to Digital Film Tree lead colorist Patrick Woodard about color correcting high-end TV, remote sessions, ACES and more!
In this episode, Josh talks to legendary colorist Bob Festa about his gigantic body of work, grading techniques and much more!
Coloring long form projects with very quick turn arounds can be very challenging. In this article, learn techniques for surviving & finishing big projects
When is it ok to "sell myself short"? Katie Hinsen suggests taking a more holistic approach to value when considering an opportunity, job or client.
In this installment of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well known author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman about a wide variety of color topics
In this Insight, ML contributor Katie Hinsen shares her thoughts about cold calling as well as several practical tips on making contact more effective.
Following a brief for unattended grades can be incredibly difficult. Dan sets up a virtual client grade and will give feedback on your grade in the comments
Dan is turning 30 and shares his work from across the years to show how his grading has evolved and improved year after year
The hardest part about color correction is not learning new software or pushing buttons but communication with clients. Learn more in this Insight.
Pressure is an unavoidable part of being a professional colorist. In this Insight, learn strategies to alleviate pressure so you avoid a complete meltdown!
Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?
In this edition of the Colorist podcast Josh talk to the famed Warren Eagles from the International Colorist Academy.
Client perception about you & your business plays a large role in winning work.In this Insight learn how to shape client perception
In this Insight, Robbie shares some hard-won tips on what to do when you screw up the pricing on a flat bid & how to prevent these mistakes.
In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects
Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.
In this episode of the colorist podcast Josh talks to colorist Ayumi Ashley from Mission Film & Design about her work & career
In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!
If you move your timeline from one bit of post-production software to another then you need to know the 'Golden Rule of Conforming'.
First, explore the list of the UK's 2016 Best Nominated Commerials - then ask a professional colorist to breakdown how they achieved their Looks.
In Episode 5 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to well-known online editor & colorist Terence Curren about his work & other sujbects
Are you showcasing your range of looks and grades with your showreel? Dan breaks down his latest reel and explains his approach.
When Your Director Is 6000 Miles Away In this Insight I’d like to share an experience I had this week. I had a room full of clients in London but…
Have you ever had a client say that won't pay you until they're paid by their client? Learn 5 techniques for avoiding this issue
Dan shares his story from the grading room on grading a short promo project for radiohead
In this Insight, discover 5 strategies for convincing clients to grade with you rather than color correct projects in-house.
Sometimes going for the film look is not the right decision. Dan shares his tips on going digital to give us great punchy sharp images.
With constrained budgets, clients can't always afford your services. But maybe you can modulate your time and effort to meet their needs?
When working with heavy looks we sometimes forget about protecting skin tone and making our artist/actor look as good as possible
Sometimes we get lost in the heat of the moment and over complicate our grades. Dan shares his tips for responsible grading when time is short
You always deliver final video files but should you deliver project files to your clients too? Learn more in this Insight.
Supervised color grading is hard! In this Insight, Robbie shares 5 strategies for managing a supervised session.
Running a creative business is fun until someone is long overdue paying you! Learn 6 Strategies for chasing down overdue money
not every session can be amazing and Dan shares his tips on turning a session around and winning over a client when things don't go your way.
In this Insight, learn ways that you get more benefits for your buisiness out of a project even when a client isn't paying you all that much.
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.
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.
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.
Remote grading in DaVinci Resolve is a unique way to color grade. It allows clients to view real time grading anywhere in the world.
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
No matter if you're currently slow or are looking for ways to stay busy, in this Insight learn 5 ways to get more color grading work
Having problems getting clients to pay you in 30 days? Maybe it's time to switch to Milestone payments. For ideas on this, keep reading...
Are you starting a company or are a freelancer and think Net 30 billing is what 'real' businesses do? It's not. Net 30 is a trap. Here's why.
Learn how to track your time—and easily bill your clients, with automated integration in your Accounting package.
Do you want to color grade more shots in a single working day? Part 3 gives you solid tips for increasing your daily shot count.
Explore the 6 'slices' of a color correction session and how we manage our time across them. This lets us bid & quote more accurately.
How long will it take you color correct a 10 minute timeline? In Part 1 of this series, we discuss the anatomy of a color correction session.
Helicopters can hover, so can helicopter clients. Learn how to deal with micro managing clients in your next grading session.
Sometimes you just can't make a grade look good no matter what you do! The Colorist Block is real and dangerous but defeatable.
Everyone wants to get better at their craft. In this Insight learn about how to overcome 5 common barriers to becoming a better colorist
Managing other colorists creative work can be challenging. In this Insight, learn key ways to make that process efficient and stress free.
Footage Quality Control in a modern file based world can be tricky. Dan shares his advice on how and when to reject source material.
Dan takes a look at his latest commercial grade and shares the thinking and techniques behind the grades.
Evaluating a project so you know how much time it will take is an essential part of color grading. Check out this Insight for more key tips.
Have you had a client reject a grade after they left the color correction suite? Learn how handle this problem without losing your client.
How to keep a client comfortable & productive as a key part of postproduction client services. A checklist for client happiness.
Part 2 in the series The Science Of Not Selling Yourself short explores sales for owner/operators and strategies to get more sales.
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.
In this Insight learn how by combining traditional sales with talent know how a facility can build an efficient sales pipeline.
How do you build a colorist showreel / demo reel that condenses your whole career into 3mins? Dan shares with you his approach.
Grading a music video can be challenging from a time perspective. In this Insight learn about Managing A Grade for when time is tight.
When color grading, unsupervised sessions can be difficult. In this Insight, learn strategies and techniques to handle these types sessions.
Monitor Calibration is essential to have success color correcting and grading projects. Check out this Insight to learn the essentials.
In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss getting out of creative funk & consolidating a multi-reel project in Resolve.
Feeling uncreative? We've all been there. Keeping your creativity at a high level is something you have to work at. Learn how in 5 steps.
Keeping Clients Is Hard! But essential. This Article explores techniques to keep your clients happy and coming back with 6 Key Strategies.
Is working for free a huge professional mistake? Not necessarily. Learn how to handle these requests like the video professional you are.
The Low Contrast Look is a flat style of color correcting. In this video, learn how we execute it without making our images look lifeless.
How should you quote your color correction jobs? Flat bid or bill by the hour? We map this crater-filled landscape with Do's and Do Not's.
There are common points that are useful for you to understand when trying to become a professional colorist. We share our top tips in this article.
Learn how to prepare you timeline for color correction with these useful tips and techniques from an experience editor.
How does a professional colorist color correct food? Our guest colorist Rob Bessette shares his secrets and the keys for a successful session.
Dealing with Time Warps in a color correction workflow is difficult to manage. I found a workflow, saving time and money for you and your clients!
Podcast: Learn about a new training title for SpeedGrade CC + How to work with a DP in a color correction session + Choosing video displays for grading.
If your client is asking for changes in your color corrections that effect entire scenes then here's how to quickly make those fixes in Avid.
You can learn my tips and tricks to prepare for a client-supervised commercial color correction session. it's not just about your skill. Preparation counts.
If you're a freelancer or solo-preneur then setting your base rate of pay can be challenging. Learn how to set your rates with confidence.
Do you have burning questions about color correcting music videos? Professional colorist Dan Moran, CSI is here to give you his answers.
In this Podcast we're answering two questions: Managing unhappy clients + helping clients understand why their color decisions look different at home.
When preparing to color correct a job in DaVinci Resolve, to Preconform or Conform is a question you need to ask yourself (and know their differences).
Learn a simple system you can use to protect yourself from cancelled clients. As an added bonus you can (sometimes) make money from those cancellations.