How to fix this? (9 replies and 7 comments)
Hello all, I'm needing your help with a color grading issue. I'm not super experienced with color grading.
So, this is a continuation of another topic I stared on a different forum heading. But this time I would like to hear y'alls' suggestions about how to go about fixing a certain image.
Here is the image I need to fix:
Ok. So, the thing is that this is a wide shot I took during a ballet rehearsal I was recording for a local dance studio. I didn't realize until I sat down to start editing that the lighting in this shot was completely different than the lighting in all my other footage of this scene. After speaking with the director, he informed me that one of the lights had gone out without them realizing it. Huh? How could you not notice something like this if you're the lighting engineer? Is what I wanted to say, but heard my tongue. Anyway, I basically had to just suck it up and deal with it; after all, there was nothing I could do about it.
So, here is what the lighting was supposed to look like:
So my question to you guys is, what are some color correcting strategies I can utilize in order to make the first image look more like the second?
Seems to me that the greens and oranges you see in the female dancer's costume (in the first image) have been muted by the intense magenta light (in the second).
Is there a way I can manually mute those colors?
I would guess that if one light had gone out during the second shot, it would be safe to say that it was magenta colored. Also the second shot is brighter than the first. Therefore, I would just try boosting magenta and the overall exposure to match. It's not perfect, but you're stuck with what you have. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Is it not possible to lower the saturation in the orange and greens, so that when I do boost the magenta and exposure it will have that similar drowned out look?
Thanks for the feedback, btw!
Hey Ryan - sure, try your idea! I think it's just a matter of trying a couple of solutions and seeing what works best. Good luck!
maybe try to grade down the correct image and have the light gradually 'fade in' using automation, as if it is part of the mise en scene. Not sure if you'll be able to push the underexposed image as the light that went out only seemed to hit the floor and subjects and the shot is pretty dark already.. you'll probably get a lot noise and compression artifacts depending on your codec.
Thanks Wouter! This is great advice I'll try it out.
Actually, I went digging through all my footage again, and turns out I found a different shot that I had overlooked.
Here it is:
This one matches the first much better. The only difference is the magenta on the stage floor.
So I did some color tweaking.
Here're my results:
Sorry, I got iterated and am just now being able to get back to this! lol
Here are the corrected images:
Apparently it won't let you just attach a picture by itself with no text???
So here's some random text.
That's as close as I could get them to looking similar. I feel like the jump from extreme wide to a full shot is jarring enough to make the subtle color and tonal differences less noticeable.
seems fine to my eye
You seem to have a golden eye, so I'll take that! Not sure if there's a pun in there. Haha