Color grading is about as much fun as you’ll have in the editing bay. At least, for me it is.
The options for fine-tuning and making an image, “pop” are nearly endless. Now that so many people are shooting high bit rate and log images it’s only getting more fun. So the question is, how do you decide when you’re finished grading a shot?
That’s probably the least fun part of color grading. As Editor Casey Frank explains, the answer isn’t as simple as you might want, however he breaks it down in a way that we can all understand. It all comes down to time and budget.
If you find yourself in a cycle with any part of your post-processing, it’s good to keep this mantra in mind. Supplemental to this is the idea that you should always enter the editing process with goals clearly set. Especially on personal projects, this is the greatest way to avoid falling into the trap of endless editing.
Focus on goals, and objective ways of quantifying your time and you’ll be able to make better decisions about how to use and budget your time in post.
When Are You Done Grading? – When to Stop Tweaking Your Image!
How Do You Know When You're Done Color Grading?
Via No Film School:
Color grading doesn't have that “future bride trying on her perfect wedding dress” moment where you'll say, “That's it! That's the one!” Every project you're going to work on will have different needs and requirements, so the answer is a little more nuanced than a simple, “You're done when you think it looks good”—or, in my case, “when someone is sent to your house to make sure you're still alive.”
Being done with a color grade depends on more variables than simply painstakingly achieving the aesthetic you want, like delivery deadlines, budgetary constraints, and the desire to be a functional adult. Because, as we all know, you could tweak the color on a project ad infinitum.
Read full article at No Film School “How Do You Know When You're Done Color Grading?”
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(cover photo credit: snap from No Film School)
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