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7 Things to Watch Out for to Avoid ‘Bad’ Color Grading

How do you know when you’ve made a bad color grade?

No one wakes up in the morning saying, “I want to make a bad grade today,” but many colorists unfortunately make bad grades. There are reasons for this—maybe they’re crushing their blacks too much, or grading it too much, or maybe the anonymous internet mob has just deemed it “totally shit, bro.” Though we can’t help you with the trolls, we can talk about several technical things to look out for when color grading, and in this video, editor Casey Faris names a bunch of them, as well as some advice for how to balance technique and style.

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