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How did you learn to color grade?

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Thinking about finally dipping my toe into the world of color grading. Recently I was watching the Marvel Legends segment on Black Widow and it was just a reminder to me about how the first Avengers just looks like a really expensive episode of television. I find it to be one of the MCU movies that I revisit the least. I know so many people love it and there’s obviously nothing wrong with that but I’ve always found it to be a tad overrated and lower tier MCU for me.

So, now thinking about doing an edit of The Avengers next but I know I’d never be happy with it if it still had the same color grade. I’m pretty good at teaching myself things when I have to but I don’t even know where to start here. Any tips from people who have successes with this. I’m using FCPX but I don’t think the editing software of choice is what I’m looking at. Mainly the basic of how you leaned.
 

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I was the same. Color grading always seemed so daunting (hint it is) so I never really attacked it. I wouldn't say I'm OCD about things, but I'm never really satisfied with my editing so color grading is a never ending process at times. I think the key is to have a target that you want to achieve, and when you get there, have the sense to know when to stop.
 

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Oof. I’m also very OCD about editing so I’ll have to pay extra attention of knowing when to stop. Thanks for the advice! With Ms. Frizzle in my corner I feel there’s nothing I can’t do.
 

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I'm red/green colorblind, in certain shades only, so I ask my son and my wife.... THE COLOR CONSULTANTS

"Dad, you pulled out too much color in the flashbacks on The Hobbit"
"Looks good to me son".....

WIFE: "she's GREEN!!!"
ME: "She's an Orion Slave Girl.....DERRRR!"
 

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I am also largely color blind so I have no idea what you guys are doing
 

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I made a little thread about this. It's far from exhaustive and it's all based of my experiments with Lightworks but you might find my little experiments interesting. It's a fun topic to explore and one that rewards the patient and subtle hand.
 

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I made a little thread about this. It's far from exhaustive and it's all based of my experiments with Lightworks but you might find my little experiments interesting. It's a fun topic to explore and one that rewards the patient and subtle hand.
Thank you so much!
 
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