An Introduction to HDR

(7 customer reviews)


High Dynamic Range (HDR) has been available to consumers since 2016 and has been widely adopted in media and entertainment. But, do you really know what HDR is? This course, taught by Kevin Shaw, is much more than a tutorial. Structured classes will help you master HDR, learn about HDR displays, and how to grade HDR content. You’ll understand the different HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. While most of the course aims to be application-agnostic (HDR theory and not button pushing), you will also learn how to set up and grade HDR in DaVinci Resolve.

HDR is unanimously claimed as better, but it significantly affects workflow from capture and mastering through to delivery and display. With a deeper knowledge of HDR  workflows, formats, and display technologies, you can better invest, implement and explore the possibilities the tech brings. Learn to differentiate good HDR from poor HDR and showcase HDR from technical HDR.

This training is exclusively available for standalone purchase in the fxphd store and is not included with an fxphd membership.


Aim of the course: learn new skills for HDR

This course is much more than a one-off tutorial. Learn to take full advantage of new workflows and develop new skills for high dynamic range content. Experience how lighting, editing and grading are affected, and which tools are most useful to achieve bigger, better color. Learn the three essential workflows for HDR mastering. The course covers critical concepts and practical considerations for HDR production, workflow, grading, mastering, distribution, and viewing. You will also build your vocabulary around  HDR  and communicate effectively in technical and creative related discussion.

Course targeted towards colorists, VFX artists, DIT, editors, and more

This is an introductory level course ideal for colorists, engineers, cinematographers, DITs, VFX artists, and editors involved in HDR pre-production, production and post-production. It’s also useful for producers, directors and designers as they encounter demand for HDR, Dolby vision, UHD Premium, Rec 2020, and wide color gamut. If you are looking for a structured HDR tutorial, this course is for you.

An HDR display is useful for the practical exercises, but not necessary for the course. Ideally, you’ll want to take this course before investing in HDR if you can, as it will save you time and money! The course utilizes Resolve to explain many of the principles but you don’t need to be an experienced colorist to get a lot of information out of the course.

Materials provided in the downloads for the course

You will receive instruction in 13 class movies filmed at Dolby London, as well as three Resolve archives with projects and media to grade.

  • Project 1 has test images and raw content from the BlackMagic Design BMPCC 6k camera
  • Project 2 is an SDR quicktime promo that you will trim to HDR
  • Project 3 is more than 40 scenes of professionally shot Red (.r3d) footage from the documentary Namibia – The Spirit of Wilderness ( ©Busch Media Group)

This course includes over 7.5 hours of recorded sessions with practical demonstrations using DaVinci Resolve for on-demand playback and practice.

Once you purchase this course, you can immediately download all class instruction videos. This course is not part of the normal fxphd membership and does not include access to our discussion forums or VPN software. Footage supplied with the course may only be used for learning (use in commercial or non-commercial projects is prohibited).

Kevin Shaw, CSI is a consultant, instructor and colourist with over 35 years of experience. He is currently President of Colorist Society International (CSI), co-founder of the International Colorist Academy (ICA), an Academy ACES mentor, Dolby Vision HDR consultant Xrite Coloratti and certified BMD Resolve 16 trainer. He is a member of the Professional Video Alliance (PVA) and a trained display calibration expert.

In 2009, he co-founded the International Colorist Academy to share his knowledge and experiences with the growing new generation of software colorists. In 2016 he co-founded Colorist Society International (CSI), which is the first organisation to represent professional motion picture colorists and he is currently serving as President. Since 2017 he has focused on HDR display work and is excited about the new opportunities that brings.

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  1. Marc

    In-depth Examination of a Complex Subject

    Marc (verified owner)

    Kevin is a first-class colorist and trainer and knows the subject backwards and forwards. His approach to HDR is terrific, and he provides the understanding that colorists need to have in order to move SDR grades into HDR, or to make HDR sessions compatible for possible SDR deliveries. It’s a must-have for any serious colorist doing work at this level.

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  2. Tommaso

    Tommaso (verified owner)

    Very technical and accurate, just what you need when you are dealing with HDR standards and ACES.

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  3. Chris Bolton

    Excellent Intro to HDR 10 / Dolbyvision / ACES

    Chris Bolton (verified owner)

    I work as a DIT on projects that finish in HDR and have been apart of many conversations about HDR and ACES workflows. This is one of the best all in one lecture on the topic. It covers the most important points from AMPAS, SMPTE and the various HDR consortiums. Thanks Kevin Shaw and all those involved. The price is well worth it.

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  4. gerry lindfield

    Very thorough

    gerry lindfield (verified owner)

    The cost of this course will pay for itself many times over if you are a high end professional in the industry. Highly recommended.

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  5. Steven

    Highly Recommended

    Steven (verified owner)

    Kevin’s understanding and experience with HDR and his clarity in explaining it make this an incredible resource. He provides a thorough conceptual framework for HDR and ACES, then takes you through real world examples of grading, trimming, and delivering in HDR and SDR. Along the way he shares his artistry as a colorist and how he uses the tools to render gorgeous images. Very useful to see where he uses HDR to best effect, and shows which scenes get better results with less dynamic range. Aimed at colorists, but there’s a lot here to take away for filmmakers who want to understand the HDR world. This course will get you up to speed with HDR, and give you the tools to move forward.

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    Matus Havelka (verified owner)

    No more words nedeed. Perfect job Kevin!

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  7. Carl Findahl

    Great course, would like some updates for 2022

    Carl Findahl (verified owner)

    I think this is a great course and I’ve learned a lot about the concept of HDR and also what equipment I need for HDR. The workflow is definitely a bit more involved and expensive to get into. Kevin explains everything very well and I feel like the price is worth it.

    My only desire is for some videos to be updated as some settings and knobs have moved around in the latest version of Resolve and new HDR monitors have come out so it would be great to have an updated recommended monitors section. Especially in the sub $10000 market. If we could have some new updates this would be a perfect up to date course. I’m still giving it 5 as it’s good content.

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