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Steve Hullfish
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Book Description

1 Jun 2012

The only guide to the art and technique of color correction based on the invaluable knowledge of more than a dozen of the top colorists in the world. This book allows you unprecedented access to the way the masters of the craft approach their work.

Containing decades of industry experience and professional colorist know-how, this book provides an understanding of what top-tier colorists look for in an image and how they know what to do to make it great. Featuring techniques performed in a variety of color correction software applications (DaVinci Resolve, Apple Color, Synthetic Aperture's Color Finesse, and more), this book turns what has long been a misunderstood "black art" into a set of skills that any colorist, editor, independent filmmaker, or motion graphics artist can begin to master. Packed with explanations, tips, and concepts that build on each other, you will learn how to:
* fix poorly exposed shots and shots with color casts
* create looks
* match shots
* master primary and secondary color correction techniques
* use color correction to advance a story

This edition includes

* An updated DVD containing two hours of video tutorials using DaVinci Resolve, extended interview transcripts and color correction sessions with the professional colorists featured in the book

* A brand new tutorial-based chapter, with companion project files on the DVD, so you can work along with the text

* New insight from additional professional colorists, including legendary colorists, Bob Festa, Stefan Sonnenfeld, and Pankaj Baipai, showing you the 'hows' and 'whys' of each grade

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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240817156
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment, VeggieTales and others. His 22 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 three other books including "Color Correction for Digital Video," "Avid XpressPro On the Spot," and "The Avid XpressPro Editing Workshop." He has also written for DV magazine.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete video tutorial on DVD 5 Jan 2014
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I'm in the midst of reading this book, but I've noticed on the DVD Supplied that there's an incomplete tutorial, it might just be my copy. Otherwise, the book is a wealth of information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technical and Artistic, this book has you covered on both 28 Oct 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Indepth details on SCOPES 11 July 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book! For digital filmmakers 5 April 2014
By oz2o - Published on
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very In Depth, and not Software dependent... ( Flame, Color, Scratch, Davinci, Photoshop) 3 Jan 2014
By Paul - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear step by step 22 Dec 2013
By Alejandro De Argumosa - Published on
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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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