The Tao Colorist Newsletter



The ‘Net Is Full of Noise, I’m Your “Color Grading” Filter

I work hard to notice all sorts of interesting little tidbits, news items, and links related to the art, craft, and business of professional color grading. As I run into them I quickly save them off. At the end of the week I read, watch, and listen to everything I found interesting – and curate the best of it to send to you.

If you don’t have time to keep up on all the news you want (or need) to know, then I’m happy to lift this little burden off your shoulders.

I don’t remember if this has made it to the list yet, but you all might
think about subscribing to this newsletter-ish thing (it’s free). . .

It’s Colorist-centered in a FCP/Color/Resolve sort of way, but it also
serves as a highlight reel of the video/film-centric links that are making
the rounds in the social media forums.

-Dave T. (via Avid DS Mailing List)

One of the most informative newsletters ever! Great article by Stephen. Learned a lot from that. Thanks!”

– Bob P.

My feedback is, “Don’t Stop!” Brilliant newsletter, always filled with informative articles. Thank you for your contribution to our craft.”

– Blake B.

Stay In ‘The Know’ and Ahead of Your Competition

Twitter, Facebook, dozens of blogs, Google Alerts, even software updates on colorist control surfaces… I’m on it. I try to curate the most interesting tweets, posts, news items, and (yes) humor… and deliver it to your email every Sunday morning – first thing in the morning.

Sit down in your favorite comfy chair, pull out that laptop or iPad, fill up your coffee mug and get lost in the data stream.

Full Attribution

The cool thing – I give full attribution to my sources of information. So go ahead and follow, bookmark, friend, or add to your RSS feeds the sources I scour. That’s what the Tao is about – sharing of knowledge and sources of information.

And if you find (or are) a website I should be linking to, a blog I should be following, email me and I’ll put it on my radar.

Not Overwhelming

I understand: Sunday Mornings should be special.

As a result, I try to be relentless in bringing you the best of the best. I work hard to keep the Newsletter focused on our craft – though I’ll deviate if something seems particularly interesting.

Sign up NOW

On the right side of this page is the sign-up form. Fill it out now, then follow the instructions in the resulting email to confirm your interest, and the Tao Colorist Newsletter will greet you every Sunday Morning.

Some of the Tao Colorist Newsletter regular features:

  • Sections: “Sunday Fun(nies)”, “The Craft”, “Weekend Warrior”, “A Step Too Far”, “The Next Step Is A Doozy”, “Gear Up”
  • A grid listing the 3 major colorist control surfaces with links to their lastest drivers
  • “Topical Tuesdays”: Every other Tuesday (or so) we email a short roundup of 4 links around a central topic.
  • Tao Of Alerts: Be the first to know, and get discounts, on any new training products we’ll be releasing.

Our Promise

We don’t do spam. We follow a double-opt-in rule, requiring subscribers to confirm their subscription. Every email has an opt-out link. In an average week you should get no more than 2 emails. When a new product comes out, you’ll get a third email. That’s it. That’s our promise.

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  1. Drewski9 April 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM #

    Just like everyone else I have more than enough industry email that irritates me, but this newsletter has me looking forward to Sunday mornings. Insightful with enough surprises to keep me interested.
    Thanks for the good work,
    Andrew Commiskey

    • Patrick Inhofer April 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM #


      Music to my ears! Thanks for taking the time to drop a line.

      I’m glad you like the surprises I sprinkle in. The long-term goal is to grow this website into a resource that’s also about our careers, not just our tools. And the Newsletter is the first step in that direction.



  2. Jhughes May 20, 2011 at 5:04 AM #

    I second what Andrew says here. I like when you get into theory and explore ideas beyond just the tech and tools. It’s not found even in books very often. If you can bring more of the “why” shots were pushed in the directions they are as opposed to just “how” or “with what”, you’ll continue to have a valuable, growing resource. Thank you for putting so much into this. Best of luck!

    • Patrick Inhofer May 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM #

      You’re very welcome!

      I think we are starting to see more tutorials and posts out there regarding ‘why’ choices are made. Occasionally I’ll find PR pieces where the colorist says, “The director wanted a really warm look” but they don’t break down a shot or explain the challenges of what went into creating that look – and if that’s the only interesting knowledge being shared, I’ll skip that kind of article.

      But you’re right – those articles are few and far in between. You can be sure that as I find them, I’ll post them.

  3. Karl Lear - RedYeti Films December 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM #

    Excellent resource, and similarly to Andrew, actually look forward to a good read every Sunday.

    Thanks Patrick, power to you.

    Speak soon
    Karl, RedYeti Films

    • Patrick Inhofer December 12, 2011 at 7:44 AM #

      Thanks Karl,

      I appreciate the feedback. And I look forward to delivering these Newsletters every week.

  4. David Jahns March 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM #

    Your newsletter both saves me time, and eats all of my free time.  I scan the newsletter every week, and click about 50% of the links, which takes at least an hour or two (or more) to read and watch the videos. But I LOVE IT!!! I absolutely depend on Patrick to find the best of the web, as it relates to color, and I know if there is something worthwhile out there, there will be a link to it in the newsletter. I can’t even imagine how much time he spends each week filtering out the junk, and compiling the newsletter.  It’s an invaluable resource when your time is precious!

    • Patrick Inhofer March 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM #


      Thanks for the kind words.

      BTW – I estimate it takes about 15 hours a week to scan, compile, edit, compose and format the Newsletter. Yes – some weeks I wonder why I do it! Other weeks I love doing it. And other weeks I just need to walk away and come back the following week renewed and ready to do it again.

      But it’s the reactions like yours that really is the rocket fuel that keeps the newsletter going. So again – thanks for posting! It means a lot!

  5. Shawn Pinner June 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM #

    This is the first industry newsletter that I actually rush to my email on Sunday to check for. I have so much junk mail that never informs me of anything, but the Tao has seriously ignited my already burning crave to be a colorist! I’ve been an on-line assistant editor for 3.5 years and an on-line editor for the last 7.5 months! Plus I do a lot of projects on the side, so when I dug in to learn more about my craft, it took quite a while to find anything that actually helped me.
    Tao has helped a ton!

    Thanks and keep it coming!

    Shawn Pinner

  6. Sila Mahmud October 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM #

    A very smart approach to explain the things, I like your
    step by step tutorial,

  7. Faith Millin August 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

    Hello Patrick, Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a colourist working in London. I work on a variety of projects, fashion, beauty, adverts, and now am beginning to move on feature dramas and documentaries. Looking forward to receiving your Sunday newsletters! Best wishes, Faith Millin


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