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Understanding Color & Gamma

AbelCine Training
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In this online course, you will learn the theory and reality of color. The runtime is about 34 minutes and is broken down into 3 lessons.


Color Science is an often discussed topic today and something that every modern cinematographer and editor should understand. This course goes into the theory and reality of color, including how color and brightness are created both in our eyes and in the digital world. You will learn about color space, color gamut, sub sampling, bit depth, luminance, brightness, and gamma curves. Special attention is paid to the color systems and gamma modes used in the latest cameras.

Topics include:

  • Color in our head
    • Rods & Cones
    • Intensity vs Brightness
  • Color Space
  • Color Gamut
    • XYZ Color Space
    • Rec709 and Wide Gamuts
  • Color Model
  • Color Reductions
    • Subsampling
    • Bit Depth
  • Understanding Luminance
    • Y’ matters
    • Contrast & Gamma
    • Gamma & Log
  • Conversions between standards
  • Color in Camera
    • ARRI, Sony, Canon, and Rec 709 Cameras


Nic Somera
Nic Somera

Nic Somera is the Technical Sales Manager at Tiffen and is the lead instructor for both Steadicam Silver and Steadicam Bronze workshops. 

Nic previously worked at AbelCine as a Camera Technology Specialist, and has a freelance production background as a Camera Operator, 1st Assistant Camera, DIT, and Gimbal Technician. 

Nic holds a BS in Film Studies from Full Sail University, where he graduated as valedictorian.

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