Specifically, I am looking for a book that teaches a person to color correction easily without someone being completely baffled. In addition, this book must teach the topic step by step. I am currently reading the"Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques" . There are some instructions on how to match colors, however I feel that the book is vague and I at times do not know what I am doing.
If you are having trouble following that book, then you may need to learn the basics of AFter Effects first, before diving into something as advanced as color correction. That book is not meant for beginners.
I recommend starting here:
Easy. Get a copy of the Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Hurkman. The best, no question.
Hurkman is not specific to any color grading platform. What he teaches can be applied equally well to AE, SpeedGrade, daVinci Resolve, Synthetic Aperture's Color Finesse, etc. So you don't need to understand AE in order to understand color grading. But you will eventually have to understand some color grading platform in order to actually do color grading.
Reading this book makes me itchy to get to SpeedGrade, which I've got installed already. If only there were some documentation so I could figure out how to use it... ;-)
Color correction and grading is one of those areas that can get confusing because of all the "color theory."
The best thing you can do to learn color correction is to JUST DO IT. I have found the various books I have read insufficient. However, the Color Correction Handbook is probably the best book there currently is.
Oh and as a side note. If you really want to learn color correction, use Davinci Resolve. I have worked with SG for some time and have been frustrated with its functionality and workflow.
@cfg If you are looking at learning SpeedGrade, check out the Adobe TV website which will give you more than enough information to get started.