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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Great great great color class!!! Simple approach on grading, creating looks and skin keying that is short, condesed and applicable in real life projects... something that you don't see at other complicated misinformative lessons that are out there!


Thanks soooo much for your insights mr Daro and thank you Lowepost for sharing the knowledge in such a nice way!!

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On 8/10/2020 at 6:35 PM, Daniel Rheaume said:

Hey Amada! 

 Thanks for your reply and directing me to those Fusion lessons -

I had watched them before posting, but I still don't see how to recreate John's tool in Baselight.

He seems to have access to multiple frequencies that he can blur or sharpen locally. Following the lessons above, you either get the Resolve Beauty tool, which is a bit of a black box as far as what frequencies it's working on, etc...

The custom frequency separation tool he describes building in fusion also seems to basically only separate the frequencies into high and low, and then controls the re-combining of them. But I don't see any way to isolate frequency ranges as John's tool in Baselight does. Maybe I'm missing something?

Thanks again!

The texture pop OFX may help you do just that

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