A colleague recently complimented me on my skill with color grading. I was a little surprised, since I don’t feel that this is a particular strength of mine. However, I do feel reasonably confident in my ability to make footage look the way I want it to, and I told my friend that everything I know about color grading, I learned from Stu Maschwitz “Colorista II” tutorials.
In my opinion (and I have no affiliation with Stu or Red Giant), Colorista II is by far the best and easiest tool for color grading. However, many of the principles that Stu discusses in his demo videos are applicable to any type of grading tool, including the “three-way color corrector” built into every major editing platform.
Here are the videos that taught me everything I know about grading. If you haven’t already seen them, I hope you’ll find them useful as well!