Look Creation: Bleach Bypass

Learning to build looks manually is one of the most freeing moments of the process of getting better at coloring footage. As a test for myself, I’m revisiting Alexis Van Hurkman’s The Color Correction Handbook. I purchased the book around 5 years ago when I was just starting to get my feet wet with color. Most of the information went over my head. I was pleasantly surprised I understood way more after a few years of working in production and studying various resources, so I decided to try to build his recommended looks. This post covers bleach bypass.

I went with his method 1, which was actually pretty straightfoward. My node tree below. If you want the workflow you’ll have to buy his book 🙂

Apparently to get the best results, it’s preferred to apply on footage that already has a higher contrast ratio to start with. Luckily I had some test footage of a sunny day. Technical Specs:

Camera: Arri Alexa Mini
Color space: Arri Log C
Base Grade: Color space transform to Rec.709 in Davinci Resolve