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The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction Paperback – May 11 2012
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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, ProVideoCoalition.com.
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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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.
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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