COLOR CORRECTION HANDBOOK: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema, Second Edition. Alexis Van Hurkman. Peachpit Press it. com. Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist. two editions of the industry standard “Color Correction Handbook,” and five editions of. From Alexis Van Hurkman comes an up-to-date, most welcome, encyclopedic guide for colorists: Color CorrectionHandbook (Professional Techniques for Video.

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The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for huriman life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right.

Here to help both the newcomer and professional who needs to brush up on their skills is the first book to cover a wide variety of techniques that can be used by colorists, no matter what system they’re using.

Whether you’re using a video editing package with a color correction tool correcgion in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro of a dedicated application Apple Color, Assimilate Scratch, Baselight, or DaVincithis book covers it all.

From the most basic methods for evaluating and correcting an overall image, to the most advanced targeted corrections and creative stylizations typically employed, you’ll find this highly organized book a solid reference that’s easy to navigate. The accompanying DVD contains footage as well as cross-platform exercises and project files for readers to experiment with.

After reading the techniques, readers will learn to apply the methods that all of the color correction applications use, how to copor and trouble-shoot, how to maximize the effectiveness of each tool that’s available, and they will discover how to creatively combine techniques and tools to accomplish the types of stylizations that colorists are often called upon to create.

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This should be required reading not only for potential colorists, but anyone that takes videography, cinematography or video editing seriously.

Hurkman is a pro in the industry, and you can tell by how she approaches and treats color issues. Until i read this book. She blows the door wide open and goes through things from the ground up.

I’m the type of person that likes to know “why”.

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema

Just because the internet says that I should do “x” to a shot is not reason enough for me to do it. Hurkman takes it from the basic basic, explaining how color works, both in the real world, correction especially within the rhelm of video, how it depends on the camera, codec, color space, monitor, end delivery, etc.

But don’t think that this book is JUST for industry pros. If anything, this is a great book for amateur and intermediate media creators because it essentially allows you to skip a few steps and come out ahead.

Not that you don’t have to put the work in, but like i said, i put years into tutorials, reading articles, and playing with grading applications. It wasn’t until this book that i started to know hurmman where to start with my images, and start to make them look better and more balanced than ever before. It explains things in a way that is cross-program. If you work with Resolve, Adobe, Apple, Avid, whatever Do yourself a favor and read this, then read it again.

No really, he actually wrote the manual. So he knows his stuff. When it comes to color correction, it’s hard to find a guy or gal who can teach you more. What’s great about this book is that not only is it a great read with awesome illustrated visuals and photos as color accurate as possible through printingbut it’s also a great handy reference to refer to while working or out in the field. I also recommend Alexis Van Hurkman’s master classes online through RippleTraining, in which he goes into greater depth at a hands-on approach, but also offers new features in Resolve 14 as alwxis as the chance to sit down with him through working one of his color correction and color grading of a real short film — amazing clor him work and learning hands-on as well to accompany this text.


Definitely buy it, I got mine used for a great price. After years of photography including the “good old days” in the darkroom processing film and making printsthe fact that cameras come with good quality video options has led me ccorrection be more serious about video making.

The inclusion of SpeedGrade in Adobe’s CC subscription provided me with a tool to actually do some serious grading of that video I’ve dug into several resources, such as Adobe’s Classroom in a Book for SpeedGrade, and now this book.

It did a nice job of being application-agnostic, focusing on the fundamentals that all of these programs work on. I would strongly recommend it as a starting point for anyone interested in beginning coloor or moving from rudimentary work to actually understanding what they are doing. The inclusion of SpeedGrade for Adobe subscribers and the availability of the powerful “Lite” version of DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic means that the tools to improve your video are easily available, and this book will get you from zero to having a good shot at turning basically good footage into fairly stunning images.

That said, I wish that the content from the author’s companion “Look Book” was included with this one. I gladly would have paid more for one complete volume. This book covers the fundamentals, but the companion book covers how to turn base footage into more stylized imagery, such as various “film looks”. See all 94 reviews.

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