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Well thanks for watching, I hope you've enjoyed this course as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. And I just wanted to leave you with a few things that I think will help you, on your future grades. And one of the most important thing to do is to observe the world around you. Have a look at the colors outside at different times of day. The more you start looking at the color of highlights and shadows in the morning, and at lunch time, and in the evening. The more you'll be able to replicate these colors in your grades. Also, study the color techniques being used in TV shows, yes this is homework. And try and recognize how certain types of genres tend to use certain types of colors.

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Well thanks for watching, I hope you've enjoyed this course as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. And I just wanted to leave you with a few things that I think will help you, on your future grades. And one of the most important thing to do is to observe the world around you. Have a look at the colors outside at different times of day. The more you start looking at the color of highlights and shadows in the morning, and at lunch time, and in the evening. The more you'll be able to replicate these colors in your grades. Also, study the color techniques being used in TV shows, yes this is homework. And try and recognize how certain types of genres tend to use certain types of colors.

Sometimes of course, colorists break with the established colors and deliberately grade movies with different looks to manipulate the audience's expectations. So it's interesting to look out for these grades. Also, have a look at the colors being used to depict different countries onscreen. Many times, these colors are exaggerated for effect. But clients watch these shows too and you'll often get asked to replicate the look of a specific TV show or film. Grading is subjective for an artistic grade there isn't a right or wrong especially if it helps tell the story, so don't be afraid to experiment with different effects.

There are also some interesting websites that I think will be useful for you. redgiantsoftware.com or redgiant.com they both take you to the same place is the home of Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista. You can find more information about those two programs if you follow the product link. And they also have a sister site called Red Giant People. And this contains loads of presets many of which are free that you can download and use to experiment with your grades. Also lynda.com has some fantastic further technical courses on things like color correction enhancement.

And this is a great course with Jeff Singstack. And he goes into detail about how to set up your interface and how to do some more practical technical corrections within Premiere Pro. And the implications of those corrections. Additionally fixing video exposure problems in Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington is an excellent course. As is migrating from Final Cut Pro by Robbie Carman /g. So I encourage you to have a look at those, and also, I really insist that you have a look at these two books. One is The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hulfish /g. And the other is the Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Van Hurkman. Both of these books have a large amount of technical and inspirational information about color corrections and grades.

Many of the techniques I've been showing you are classic color correction techniques and these books go into lots of details about these techniques. I'd also encourage you to check out the really interesting section on skies that Alexis van Hurkman has in his color correction handbook. Which really gets into the science about how light looks the way it does when it filters through our atmosphere. So thanks for watching. Goodluck with your grades and most importantly have fun.

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  1. 4m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. Telling a story with color
      2m 10s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 38m 20s
    1. What different colors tell the audience
      1m 6s
    2. How our eyes see color
      5m 12s
    3. Making sure color is consistent across multiple clips in a sequence
      4m 54s
    4. Understanding the correct order to apply color correction adjustments
      7m 43s
    5. Working with Premiere Pro and the Colorista II plugin
      7m 55s
    6. Working with Premiere Pro and Magic Bullet Looks
      7m 21s
    7. Making contrast, lighting, and mood changes: A general rule of thumb
      4m 9s
  3. 25m 13s
    1. Understanding how cool color frames emotion
      7m 39s
    2. Stylizing a cold location with color grading
      3m 18s
    3. Understanding how warm color frames emotion
      3m 16s
    4. Stylizing a hot location with color grading
      4m 40s
    5. Isolating and adjusting skies
      6m 20s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Changing the times of day with color
      50s
    2. Creating an early morning look
      5m 24s
    3. Creating a midday look
      2m 36s
    4. Creating an afternoon look
      3m 46s
    5. Creating an evening look
      2m 34s
    6. Composing a day-for-night shot
      7m 28s
    7. Creating a flashback look
      5m 22s
  5. 17m 17s
    1. Changing colors to match the mood of the story
      28s
    2. Stylizing an office scene
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a bedroom color style
      2m 20s
    4. Designing a hospital look
      3m 13s
    5. Stylizing a morgue shot
      2m 56s
    6. Coloring an interrogation scene
      5m 49s
  6. 9m 26s
    1. Separating characters from the background
      44s
    2. Creating fake depth of field in Magic Bullet Looks
      2m 51s
    3. Creating fake depth of field in Colorista II
      5m 51s
  7. 3m 6s
    1. Next steps
      3m 6s

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