September 5, 2014
Colorists are often the last thing people think about on many lower-budget projects, but besides a good sound editor, they are what bring your video to the next level. A good colorist is capable of (within reason) making your footage match perfectly from shot to shot, and they are often a great second set of eyes to give you a new perspective on what your project is about and how it can look its best.
The video above from the International Colorist Academy (which was started by Warren Eagles and Kevin Shaw) does a great job explaining what colorists actually do. Even if you choose to do your own color correction and grading, understanding the mindset that a colorist uses when approaching a project can help you produce better work with a more consistent vision throughout.