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Old Oct 22, 2011, 8:42 PM   #1
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Default "A Very Special Guitar Jam" with impossible lighting.

This was held in the Vienna Moose Lodge, Vienna, VA. There were three spotlights for the left of the stage: two white, and one red. There were also three for the right side: one white, one red, and one out. About 15 feet either side of the stage were double doors open to the outside.

AWB wasn't cutting it. I finally just dialed in a color temperature of 2700K, but even then the shadows were red, especially on the right side of the stage, and the outside light was blue. I ended up doing some color correction in PSE to get these results.

I'd be pleased if anyone could tell me what I could have done better.










I posted a series of photos fromthe jam on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcav/se...7627909908644/
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 4:21 AM   #2
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not easy to do this work but what was the original pics like. I would like to see something a bit more gritty they seem a little to bright maybe a bit more contrast and a take the brightness down.
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I often wonder what is the correct approach for this - does it make sense to try and adjust the result to look natural when the actual lighting obviously wasn't? To my eyes the first one has a bit too much magenta and the last has too much yellow so they could be adjusted a bit but with the lighting you describe it may have just looked like that.
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Sometimes in a gig with all sorts of lighting it's best to just leave it alone- and accept it as a kind of effect..!!
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Lighting such as this can play havoc with WB settings- so just go with it....lol..
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These are the unretouched versions of the photos in my original post. The one of the saxophonist above is already straight from the camera except for cropping.

In case you can't see the EXIF data, they all are shot at f/2, ISO 3200 (with High ISO NR on High), with the color temp. at 2700K, and exposure compensation at -1.0 EV. (I suspect that the black equipment and the popularity of black attire, required the exposure compensation.)
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Yes- there's definitely a strong magenta cast in there- quite difficult to deal with.....
I had a go at pushing the colour balance in CS from Mag' to green(25%),then saturate up 20%,then drop the green right out again..!
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Interesting. I'll have to see if I can do that in PSE.
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