This class covers basic color science, color spaces, color tools, and incorporates a practical session on setting up, and calibrating displays. It is ideal for is ideal for anyone who uses a display for critical viewing decisions, including cinematographers, DITs, VFX artists, and colorists.
Colorists refer to their main grading display as “The God Monitor” and there is no doubt that color correction is only useful if the display is calibrated in a meaningful way. This class covers basic color science and color spaces, followed by a practical workflow for setting up, and calibrating displays.
Participants learn the base color science needed for monitor calibration and color managed workflows as well as the practical uses of transforms, and Look Up Tables (LUTs). It includes different approaches to monitor calibration with a practical session using Calman software. The course covers workflows that handle camera raw formats, and delivery to different color spaces and formats.
Color science 101 is ideal for anyone who uses a display for critical viewing decisions, including DITs, colorists, editors and VFX artists. No prior knowledge is assumed, and by the end of the two days everyone should understand VT 709, BT1886, BT2020, BT2084, BT2100, and more, as well as being able to setting and checking a display device.
Topics include basic color science, color gamuts, calibration software and probes, practical calibration, profiles and LUTs. Spectracal Calman software is used in this class.
The workshop begins with an explanation of color gamuts, EOTF and formats before exploring color-managed workflows. It includes an explanation and practical monitor calibration.
You Will Learn
- Why the eye sees differently to the camera
- Colour Management Basics
- Why images look different on different display devices
- Colour Managed Workflows
- Display calibration
- The difference between a profile and a LUT
- log, linear and PQ EOTF
- Understanding LUTs
- Working with camera raw and other sources
- About wide colour gamuts and HDR
- Choosing a colour space
- Exporting a project for different deliverables
FAQs Covered in the Class
- What is the difference between a 1D and a 3D LUT?
- What is the difference between a profile and a LUT?
- Why not do everything in rec 709?
- Is sRGB really the same as rec 709?
- Why is “log” not a color space?
- Is color management just a matter of calibrating my monitor?
- I have a reference broadcast monitor, why does it need calibrating?