Masterclass in Color Grading with John Daro



John Daro is a world-renowned senior colorist working at Warner Bros in Los Angeles, and in this masterclass you are invited into his color suite. John has color graded feature films and tv-series for all the major studios in Hollywood and will teach you techniques and strategies that will help you become a better colorist.

The course is about the art and craft of color grading and is not designed to teach the operations of a specific software.

All the footage used in this course except for the bonus lesson is available for download.

About the instructor

John Daro is a world-renowned colorist that started his career at FotoKem in Burbank, Los Angeles. At FotoKem he pioneered post production techniques and was one of the original colorist team members which led FotoKem to be one of the top post production houses in the world. Now John is working with color grading feature films and tv-series at Warner Bros in Hollywood.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists




In this lesson John teaches how to balance and match images using printer light techniques. He explores ways to work with exposure, contrast and saturation to preserve the original intent of the photography. Strategies related to black- and white levels, gamma work and color biases are also discussed. All the shots John is working with are available for download.


John moves on to discuss story telling and the creative decisions behind a the color grade, and walk through the process of creating great looking images and creative looks.


In this bonus lesson John talks about different approaches to separate skin tones, and gives a solid approach to build an HSL key for isolating skin tones.


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Juste incroyable, c'est vraiment la meilleur chose a montrer, suivre un artise dans son process creatif :) Merci. Jérôme Belgium 

Translated: Just amazing, it's really the best thing to show, to follow an art in your creative process :) Thank you. Jerome Belgium

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Another really great insight. Thanks so much John and Lowepost for putting this together!

This mini class is short, no bullshit and to the point, conveying fundamentals to stick to that really make a difference.

Mr. Daro thank you very much for sparing us the often encountered nonsense, self-profiling talk. Refreshingly honest and greatly appreciate it! 🙏

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Not just buttons & knobs... you can get that in the manual. This is another peek over the shoulder at a colourist at work, with some great tips too. I'd really love to see more of these. Thanks John & Lowepost for a great insight.

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1 minute ago, Jesper Hammarbäck said:

Would love to know what camera was used for all the materials so we get proper start when we start grading.


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