Dale Grahn Color
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Note: This app does not support iPad Generation 1 or iPad Air 2.
Dale Grahn Color for iPad brings photographers and filmmakers a powerful new way to sharpen their color correction skills.
Designed by legendary film color timer Dale Grahn, this app lets you watch as Dale masterfully shapes color, density, and saturation to create stunning images.
Leaving behind color wheels, scopes, and other digital conveniences, Dale challenges you to re-create his color grade by eye - learning to "think color". Can you match the master? Try to match Dale's color grade, and see how close you can get. Use the simple, analog-style controls to practice with Dale, and then use the same controls to work with any photo in your iOS album.
With Dale Grahn Color, you can:
• Learn how to create striking images naturally - no filters required. Whether you are a working colorist or just starting out, you'll find Dale's approach to be refreshing, fun, and occasionally mind-blowing.
• Uncover the natural beauty in your photos. When you take a photograph, your job is only partly done. In most cases, it then takes subtle shaping of color and density to reveal the full story. Dale demonstrates how a few tiny changes can yield stunning results.
• Practice and learn techniques. Can you match the master? See how Dale shaped the image, and then try to re-create the look yourself. Learn to "think color" using the same simple controls that Dale used to create the look of Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, and dozens of other films. 21 lessons, 3 difficulty levels.
• Get instant scoring and stats. Complete a color challenge with Dale, and immediately find out how you did. See what you missed, and what devious tricks Dale had up his sleeve.
• Watch 20 exclusive video tutorials with Dale Grahn. Can't quite figure out how Dale did it? Look over his shoulder as he describes, step by step, his approach to the image and why he did what he did. It's an unusual opportunity to watch a craftsman at work.
• Try out your new skills on your own photos. Use the same powerful interface to work with any photo in your iOS photo album. Amaze your friends, delight your clients, and frustrate your rivals.
Note: This app requires access to Vimeo. Tutorial videos will not display in countries that do not have access to Vimeo.
Great color education...
This is a very good introduction to the principles of color correction as well as color grading...two different things. Color correction is understanding how to correct mistakes in exposure or color temperature or cast, while color grading is designed to add a "look" to an already acceptable image to add an effect that influences the mood the picture creates on the viewer or changes the apparent time of day. Watching the videos in which a master color timer explains all the decisions that go into his corrections is really great...an education in itself.
My only issue with it is that it is that the interface is a bit non-intuitive, and also I haven't been able to figure out how to import my own photos into the app to do my own corrections. This seems to be a major part of why you would spend all the time to go through the lessons and learn how to make changes with the simple controls in the app. The first tutorial video says you can do it but it doesn't say how, and when you go to "my photos" and select "album" or "my photos" and then click the "check mark" in the lower right corner, nothing happens. Hopefully this will be addressed quickly.
Good lessons, flawed app
I was hoping this app would help me wrap my mind around color correction, but didn't find it terribly helpful. I like that you have to try to match the image, but the scoring system is such that if you don't create the image precisely like the instructor then your score will be very low even if it looks very similar. Often, doing nothing at all yielded a higher score. I think the scoring function needs to be more sophisticated for this app to be really good.
The interface was not made with touch in mind, sliders of some type would've been a better choice than buttons because tapping a button 50 times isn't touch friendly and gets tiresome. I'm guessing they went with this functionality to fit the scoring system better, but it seems to punish experimentation.
The tutorials explain what's done but they're more like a cheat sheet instead of something to guide you in the right direction. I didn't want to watch the tutorials because they just gave the answer, while I wanted the tools to help me understand. Also, some terms like "density" are not explained, so prior knowledge of color correction is necessary.
I'm updating this since a Vimeo outage caused initial release problems. That is fixed and it function fine.
This is a nice app for it's price, will help first time beginners get some vague look into color grading. But it does not explain the actual workflow (contrast first, white balance second, primary next, secondaries next…). Yet it is a "fun" app. Not sure about how "educational" it is, though.
I do find the text and button icons very difficult to read. Light grey on light grey really isn't a good design approach to making text and buttons easy to read.
I'd also like to turn the sound effects on and off inside the app, like most other apps do.
The changes to the photos in many of the tutorials is so slight, I can't see them, and am often confused which photo is the already fixed one, and which is the non-fixed one. It seems the controls saying "Mine" and "Dales" are on opposite sides from the layout of the actual photos. Could just be me, though.
This has great potential. It starts off with very simply, first time beginner lessons, and moves to more advanced work. Very good for those who want to get a start in color grading. A bit simplistic for those with even intermediate experience.
I have to take issue with this app insisting on comparing this to color "timing". Timing refers to how much time celluloid film is exposed to different chemicals in the development process. This app is working digitally, which is not "timing" at all.