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Six Easy Steps to Start Color Grading Like a Pro

So you decided to learn how to color correct and color grade like a professional colorist but you are not sure how to go about it? Below are 6 simple steps to get from where you are today to becoming the pro colorist you've always wanted to be!


Step 1

STOP using your NLE (Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro) for color correcting. Download and start using DaVinci Resolve. They have a free version, but if you are going to be serious about this, get the Studio version. It's only $295 for life!


Step 2

Join lots of Facebook groups including:



Step 3

Start consuming lots of content about coloring including:


YouTube Channels


Websites


Other


Books


Step 4

Color correct anything and everything, all the time. There is plenty of free sample footage available for downloading from many of the major camera manufacturers including from:



Step 5

Watch movies and analyze them. What about their color do you like or dislike? Get a subscription to ShotDeck and start browsing (and analyzing) all their movie shots.


Step 6

Rinse and repeat.


Good luck and have fun!

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