Why do we have different tools [*] to process data in video and photo-editing software?
Replace “data” with either video or photographs; “video-editing software” with Davinci Resolve for example, and “photo-editing software” with Darktable, RawTherapee etc.
The standard paradigm to do color grading in Resolve for example is the trio of colored wheels called lift/gain/gamma; in DT/RT it’s the curves.
Now that I’ve mentioned it, why is it called “color-grading” when doing video and … something else (I simply call it processing, or fixing the colors, not sure if there’s other terms on that) when doing the same thing on photographs?
[*] I know that what I’ve just written is not entirely true, I mean in Kdenlive I also use curves because they’re available, and this is what I know. But back when I was on Mac OS I used for some time Davinci Resolve and I had to learn the lift/gain/gamma colored wheels; from screenshots of Adobe Premiere I understand that this is also the standard tool for video production.