COLOR CORRECTION & SHOT MATCHING
Often the bulk of a colorist’s work is done through color correction (primary corrections) and matching footage. Rarely will every shot in a video have the exact same exposure, color temperature, etc. This means that each shot must first be individually color corrected and then matched to the rest of the shots in a scene or the entire video.
Being the most creative step in the process of coloring a video, color grading is very subjective and is a team effort between the colorist and the client. A certain feel or direction for the look may be decided upon by the client beforehand or the colorist can provide a series of different looks to be chosen from and built upon.
Secondary corrections may involve, for example, adding light to a specific area of the image or darkening a window that is too bright. It can also include selecting specific colors and/or luminance levels and adjusting them as needed. Secondary corrections can be made before or after the footage is color graded.