COLOUR CORRECTION / GRADING
Colour correction is generally an invisible but unavoidable step in film and video production and stills photography. In fact, the results are only noticeable when they are lacking. The human eye is expert at adjusting our seeing to the available light.
A camera is much more sensitive to different qualities of light. The camera’s deficiencies are compensated by colour correction of the filmed material. In brief, it is reviewed and adjusted to better match the experience of the human eye. Depending on the circumstance – including the total number of light sources and available natural light – this work may be anything from a minimal adjustment to a relatively time-consuming task.
Our aim is always to minimise the amount of work required by using controlled, well-thought-out lighting while filming; however, for a variety of reasons this is sometimes not enough or not even possible. And in some cases, an enhancement of the filmed material is desirable to create a specific feel.
This type of adjustment, in which the colour of the image are consciously altered in post-production, is called grading. This can also be called look; in these more obvious cases, colour correction can be compared to a form of special effect.
As both colour correction and grading are important elements of today’s pictorial expression, they play a distinct role in our working process and are included from the beginning of every new project. After all, the correct feeling is crucial to driving home the intended message.