When you here the term “color correction” or “color grading”, what do you think of? Most people think of it as correcting a poorly colored shot from improper white balance (outside footage looking blue or inside footage looking yellow). But it’s much more than that. Color grading starts with correcting some of the imperfections of the footage, then creativity comes in and the colorist gives your film a specific look or mood to help pull your audience into the story. Color grading used to be an art reserved only for big budget Hollywood films, but it’s now at the fingertips of pretty much any independent producer. I just recently graded a wedding film for a client. Here is a short cut showing a before and after of how this art can really make a difference in the eyes of your audience. See if you can notice any of the subtleties beyond just correcting contrast and color.