Ahhh, you thought the scopes were impossible to understand. In this color grading tutorial I decipher the scopes so that you can read them as though you were reading the Matrix. They are a very valuable tool and will make you look like a sophisticated color grader :)
As the first crucial step in color grading, setting the focus exposure lays the foundation for the rest of the grade. In this color grading tutorial I share how the concept of setting the exposure based on the center focus of the shot, will give priority to what's most important and will serve as a guide in making exposure decisions.
Once we've set our exposure then it's on to dialing in our shadows and highlights and setting the desired amount of contrast. Sometimes all an image needs to give it that "pep" is contrast. In this color grading tutorial I go over what dynamic range is and how to set the proper amount in FCP X using the Color Board.
Tutorial on how to use picture styles to increase the dynamic range of the Canon 7D / 5DMkII.
Custom picture styles are an amazing feature that almost compensate for the lack of a raw codec for video capture on the Canon DSLRS. The default picture styles on the camera are geard towards producing nice results out of the box but are not very good if you intend to do color correction and grading in postprocessing. This tutorial shows how to use custom picture styles that produce very flat, high dynamic range footage (similar to real film cameras).
If you have problems downloading them, you can get them from here in one package (crnkovic.org/video/picture_styles.zip). I do however recommend that you get them from the original sources and read the forum posts/blog posts associated with them.
The final example footage was shot handheld (Zacuto rapid fire + zfinder) at Skogskyrkogården cemetery in Stockholm. I scouted the place for a possible future shoot and the footage I shot was never meant for release - it did however come handy in this tutorial as it was all shot using the super flat picture style.