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The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction Paperback – May 11 2012

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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (May 11 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240817156
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"How to" books are a dime a dozen. What makes this book special is that it is also a "Why" book. Hullfish sits down with world-class colorists and records not only what they do but why they do it. That's where the magic lies.

"How" is the question to ask if you want to become a craftsman. "Why" is the question that creates artists. I bought the first edition for "How" and came away with a lot of "Why." This edition has lots more of both, with material from several additional world class colorists.

If you want an inside look into the art and craft of the professional colorist there's no better way to do it in book form. Whether you're learning to be a colorist or just want to understand what really happens when you decide something can be "fixed in post," you need to read this book.
-Art Adams, cinematographer/educator,

This book just keeps getting better with each new edition. Steve Hullfish's approach is designed to teach techniques that transfer to a wide range of popular and accessible color correction tools. The intent is to demystify the process, so readers can learn the concepts and apply them, regardless of whether the software has sliders, wheels or curves. Best of all, Hullfish features extensive tips and tricks from some of the premier colorists in the country, so you can learn from the masters. If you only purchase one book on color correction, this is the essential guide to include in your library.       - Oliver Peters, Oliver Peters Peters Post Production Services, LLC

A terrific and much-needed book for anybody serious about digital color correction. Starting with the basics, it helps the reader work through a series of specific, well-illustrated examples, covering all the major software applications, and supports the text with insightful comments from prominent working colorists. All in all, it's essential reading for anyone who wants to improve their skills in this rapidly changing field.
- Steve Cohen, editor, Emmy and ACE Eddie winner, author of "Avid Agility."

About the Author

Steve Hullfish produces and edits trailers, TV spots, promos and DVDs through his company, Verascope Pictures, which serves high-end clients: Universal Studios, NBC Television, DreamWorks, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment, VeggieTales and others. He has also co-edited two feature films for Sony/Tristar: Courageous and War Room. His 30 years of producing and editing TV shows and spots have garnered many national awards, including a national Emmy as part of the editing team of the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has co-written four other books including Color Correction for Digital Video, Avid XpressPro On the Spot, The Avid XpressPro Editing Workshop and - most recently - Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips, and Techniques from Hollywood Pros. He is also in demand as a color correction and editing trainer for clients including NBC Sports, Major League Soccer, Turner Networks, The Versus Network, Southeast Television, Whole Foods, Avid, Tektronix, and the Children's Television Network.

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Fantastic read! I really enjoyed Steve's book. A must have for any person looking for more information on being a colorist! He gives great examples of images that are problematic and how to to correct them. Hopefully we'll see some advanced color correction tutorials from Steve in the future! :)
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HASH(0x9cc2eabc) out of 5 stars Technical and Artistic, this book has you covered on both Oct. 28 2013
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Color correction is an art that also demands a firm grasp of the technical aspects of a video signal. The main strength of this book is the balance it strikes between the artistic elements and the technical elements. You get enough of both to start you on the path to creating good looking video. Read the book, follow along with the sample images on your system, and when you reach the end you will be ready to take your imagery to a whole new level.

The book starts off with the basics of balancing a shot. It works you through the adjustments needed to get exposure within range and color neutral as to give you a good starting point from which to create looks from. I really like this method of color correction. Get all your shots dialed in and neutral first. Once you have it all balanced - then get to work on crafting the look you are after.

The progression of the book is logical and well paced. As you move through the chapters more adjustments and methods are revealed that bring new elements out of the sample images provided on the DVD. It is easy to follow along and make the same adjustments discussed by the Author. This method is a great confidence builder. Even though you are doing more complex corrections as the book progresses the Author wisely chooses to keep you working with the same images throughout. To be able to see the image come together on your computer screen is satisfying and helps make the techniques stick.

I highly recommend this book as a great place to get started in color correction. Buy it, work the tutorials, and become a better artist.
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HASH(0x9c81da44) out of 5 stars Very In Depth, and not Software dependent... ( Flame, Color, Scratch, Davinci, Photoshop) Jan. 3 2014
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For an experienced Flame artist, i learnt and still learn a lot of things from this book ( haven't finished it yet).
A book ill always get back to, because it never gets old, and you can learn new things from it as your experience grows.
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HASH(0x9c3e58c4) out of 5 stars Very clear step by step Dec 21 2013
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Is good starting point, in the regular basis. If someone need to learn the craft of color grading, regardless of the tool, this is their first manual.
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HASH(0x9c2d11b0) out of 5 stars Inspirational book! For digital filmmakers April 5 2014
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Excellent book...well laid out easy to understand 'from the ground up' tutes on color grading and the how & why creatively
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HASH(0x9c5d17bc) out of 5 stars Indepth details on SCOPES July 11 2014
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in depth and easy to understand details on SCOPES which is key element on color grading, where we hardly get to know from other online materials.