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How to fix this? (9 replies and 7 comments)

rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

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: 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-12-at-4.24.45-PM.png
rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

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:

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-12-at-4.30.22-PM.png
rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

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? 

Thanks! 

simon m
4 months ago
simon m 4 months ago

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.

rlandry1
4 months ago

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?

rlandry1
4 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, btw!

simon m
4 months ago

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!

Wouter
4 months ago
Wouter 4 months ago

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.

 
 

rlandry1
4 months ago

Thanks Wouter! This is great advice I'll try it out.

rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

Actually, I went digging through all my footage again, and turns out I found a different shot that I had overlooked.

Here it is:

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-13-at-9.41.36-AM.png
rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

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:

rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

Sorry, I got iterated and am just now being able to get back to this! lol

Here are the corrected images:

 

rlandry1
4 months ago

interrupted*

rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

Apparently it won't let you just attach a picture by itself with no text???

So here's some random text.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-15-at-9.39.39-PM.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-15-at-9.38.47-PM.png
rlandry1
4 months ago
rlandry1 4 months ago

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. 

Wouter
4 months ago

seems fine to my eye

rlandry1
4 months ago

You seem to have a golden eye, so I'll take that! Not sure if there's a pun in there. Haha

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