About Color Grading 101

A small collection of articles to help you become a freelance colorist

Hello, my name is Matt. I’m a professional freelance colorist based in London. I’ve created Color Grading 101 to help inspire other filmmakers and creatives learn more about color grading, and how use color within videos and films to achieve a stronger emotional connection with audiences.

The rapid growth of online video and streaming services has created a massive demand for high-quality video content. With more and more consumers turning to streaming platforms for their entertainment needs, the demand for professionally produced and polished content has skyrocketed.

As a result, there is a greater demand for skilled and experienced colorists who can bring their technical skills and creative vision to film and video projects. With the continued growth of online video and streaming services, the demand for skilled colorists is expected to rise in the coming years.

Through this website I’d love to help filmmakers understand more about color grading and how to use it to create more powerful, more engaging and more emotionally connected films.

I’m not a writer, but i’ll do my best to share the knowledge I have learned over the years.

What exactly is a Colorist?

A colorist is a highly skilled professional who plays a critical role in the post-production process of film, television, and commercial video productions. They are responsible for enhancing the visual storytelling of a project by adjusting the color, tone, and mood of the images to create a desired look and feel.

Using software such as DaVinci Resolve and Baselight, and dedicated color grading hardware, colorists work closely with the director, cinematographer, and editor to ensure that the final product meets their creative vision and enhances the overall viewing experience for the audience. The colorist must have a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of color theory and the technical aspects of post-production in order to bring their artistic vision to life.

Benefits of becoming a Freelance Colorist

Flexibility and autonomy

Freelance colorists have the freedom to work on their own terms and schedule, which allows them to balance their work with their personal life. This is particularly beneficial for those who have other commitments or prefer to have a more flexible work routine. Freelancers are also free to choose the projects they work on and the clients they work with, which can be particularly appealing for those who are seeking creative fulfilment and the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals.

Increased earning potential

Freelance colorists often have the opportunity to charge higher rates for their services, as they are not limited by the pay structures and benefits offered by a traditional employer. Freelancers also have the opportunity to work on multiple projects at the same time, which can lead to a higher overall income compared to being a full-time employee.

Professional development

Freelance colorists have the opportunity to continuously develop their skills and expand their portfolio by working on a variety of projects and with different clients. They can also choose to invest in their professional development by attending workshops, conferences and training programs, which can help to increase their knowledge and stay ahead in their field. Freelancing also provides opportunities to network and build relationships with other professionals in the industry, which can lead to new opportunities and collaborations.