DCP 40: Patrick Inhofer and the Tao of Color Grading

In this episode we talk with colorist Patrick Inhofer of Fini! Color Correction + Finishing. Color grading and finishing are Patrick's passion. He has worked on a huge variety of projects including film, documentaries, television series, corporate videos. His work has appeared on HBO, NBC, ABC, Showtime, ESPN, Oxygen, AMC, Lifetime, TNT, TBS, and National Geographic Channel - to name just a few.

With the advent of low-cost HDSLR video, many new filmmakers face a huge learning curve for not only production, but also editing and color correction, grading, and finishing. Where does a HDSLR digital filmmaker begin? What is the best way to learn colorist skills? How can the HDSLR DP shoot to get the best color results?

Patrick Inhofer's Tao of Color website is an incredibly rich resource for learning the art and craft of a colorist. His course helps you hone your skills as a colorist by allowing your to look over his shoulders. Footage shot with a Canon 5D Mark II is provided so that you can practice with the same material that Patrick uses in the course. You learn how Patrick grades and then you go and apply what you learn on the 5D footage.

Listening to Patrick in this podcast, you come to realize that he is not only a superb technologist and craftsman, he is also a passionate artist.

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Links from the podcast:

Patrick on the web:

Fini.tv website: http://www.fini.tv

Tao of Color: http://www.taoofcolor.com

MoPictive NYC: http://www.mopictive.org/

Patrick's Color Grading Before / After Demo Reel: http://www.fini.tv/fini-demo-reel/beforeafter/

Books mentioned in the podcast:

Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction by Dan Margulis

Art & Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish

Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Van Hurkman

Training sites mentioned in the podcast:

Lynda.com video training series on Apple Color


Gear and Software Patrick uses:

Apple Color (available in Final Cut Studio)

Euphonix MC Color

JL Cooper Eclipse

Hamlet VidScope HD

Other mentions:

Usher by Many Tricks (use discount code 16x9disc20)

Shane Hurlbut On Using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to Edit DSLR Footage (edited by Chris Fenwick)

Shane Hurlbut On Using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to Edit Act of Valor (edited by Chris Fenwick)

Fini Color Correction Before / After Reel