Colorist training in US? (was Re: [Tig] color correction inCroatia)

Dan C. Tatut dtatut
Sun May 28 01:18:47 BST 2006

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Well, yes it's an exciting idea definitely. But ideally it should have a large percentage that is manufacturer independent so people can understand concepts first. For example what should be the first test-project for a junion colorist? What are the basics to understand this infinit world of color?

We can definitely contribute with screenshots and tutorials on how to do this and that on our system. Maybe other manufacturers will participate also.

I once gave a training course on color correction with Photoshop. Initially students did not know what tool to choose in order to correct/adjust a specific tonal range. They tried pretty much the whole list of tools and everyone had his/her solution. As a first step I gave them a crash course of color theory and then explained how each tool works. No algorithms or math (er.. actually yes, just a bit), but the principles.

After they had this explanation concerning the available tools, I presented them different cases where color correction was required and let them correct the image using the tools available and present to the others their strategy.

I think that if colorists understand how the classic tools work, not only can they move from system to system more easily but also unleash their creativity in a better way, like getting faster to the desired result. I'm pretty sure that the professional colorists with years of experience have all their tips and tricks but it took them some time to get to that level.

I know Kevin Shaw wrote a paper (for the DaVinci Academy if I remeber correctly) about the emotional part related to color. This is very important because a colorist is not working for him/herself but he/she rather drives the magic behind a great picture.

Besides the artistic part, a colorist is also very often involved in the technical part (restoration, denosing, etc). Diffrent strategies exist depending on the case.

Dan Tatut
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-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Lingelbach [mailto:rob at]
Sent: dimanche, 28. mai 2006 01:56
Subject: Re: Colorist training in US? (was Re: [Tig] color correction

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On May 27, 2006, at 3:50 , Dan C. Tatut wrote:

> Wouldn't it be time to have a sort of Open Colorist Academy  
> online??? With a university as huge as the TIG is, full of  
> professors and students, it could help a lot of the people in the  
> industry.

an exciting idea.  Could you elaborate Dan on how you would make such  
a collaborative exercise

I've noticed, in 19 years on the net, that the basic user gets closer  
and closer to being real-time... it's a  long way (though the  
underlying protocol is the same) from UUCP emails  to MSN Messenger  
with live webcam.  (sorry for mentioning Messenger, but I guess it's  

The more interesting web structures now for me are those that mix  
real-time and non-real-time capabilities, through file-locking and  
other means; we need to consider in the case of an Open Colorist  
Academy on the net that someone in Zagreb may not be available at the  
same time someone in LA is giving advice or demonstrations.

So just off the top of my head, I would say the TIG Wiki could be a  
place to start; another thought would be, is there any chance that  
software manufacturers would be willing to provide multiple  
screenshots, (dare I say simulators?? that would be the best, and I  
can think of ways to design a server-client structure for low-speed  
demo purposes.... how about a simpler idea: tap the monitor output of  
"software system" (where "ss" is Lustre, Baselight, Chrome, etc.) and  
record some presentation videos to stream on the net from the TIG  

The TIG itself is something of an open academy, and the Wiki takes it  
a little further... the idea of an interactive Open Colorist Academy  
on the net  just might mean some extra programming time, (it's that  
"interactive" part that would consume a bit of time).

Rob Lingelbach
rob at

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