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Oliver SmithColor correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 4:09:54 pm

I recently filmed a dance show at my local therate. Now the person operating the therate lights was rubbish and made the wide shot look bleached ! Yet the second camera which was nearer the stage (I didn't do a white balance on this camera), has a lovely orange tone to it and looks really good. Any advice on what I can do with the wider shot to make it less bleached and add a little bit of orange?

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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Color correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 4:46:29 pm

I would suggest using the Fast Color Corrector filter:

Once you start playing with the FCC, you'll find it pretty intuitive. You can bring the whites down a bit, and hope to get some detail back in them (if they're truly blown out, you won't get any detail back), plus you can adjust the color wheel to get the amount of orange you're looking for.

In the future, you might want to think about matching your cameras so you won't have to go through this. That said, though, I think it's always a good idea to do some color correction, often for creative purposes.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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James StrawnRe: Color correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 4:59:47 pm
Last Edited By James Strawn on May 28, 2015 at 5:01:52 pm

I agree with Joseph. Fast Color effect is probably best for now. There way color corrector may give you some help too. You might also have to use procamp, or perhaps levels, to just bring down the whites, but be careful, too much correction can do more harm than good.

In the next version of CC (release date TBA) there are a ton of excellent Lumetri Color tools which will help you do some real color grading work on it if needed.

Software Quality Assurance - Digital Video at Adobe Systems

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Oliver SmithRe: Color correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 5:46:20 pm

Thanks guys

I think playing with the color correction tools might be the right way too. Both camera's were on auto so will have to keep better eye on them!

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Matthew HoeckerRe: Color correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 6:07:12 pm

I don't know if the comment about the lighting guy was sarcasm, but if your other camera captured it correctly, it wasn't his fault. =)

For future reference, what likely happened is that being on auto, the camera often looks at the brightness/dimness of the whole frame. A lot of cameras have different modes for exposure control. Some consumer cameras (and others) have a spotlight setting.

Being that it was a wide shot, you likely had the whole stage, but also a lot of surrounding blackness. The camera took into account all the black and tried to bring the brightness up.

Manual exposure is the way to go, or a spotlight setting (but that can still be unreliable at times). At the very least, setting it on auto and using exposure adjustment to bring the brightness down would have saved your highlights, but again, anything on auto is taking control and giving it to the camera. If you really know your camera, you know how it will likely react to different situations, but you're always running a bit of risk.

Unfortunately, depending on how blown out your highlights are, it may be difficult to get a good image from what you recorded. Fast color corrector, or the shadow/highlight effect is a good place for a beginner in color correcting to start, but shadow/highlight is not an accelerated effect unfortunately.

I hope this helps. Cheers.

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Jeff PuleraRe: Color correction
by on May 28, 2015 at 6:16:34 pm

What Matthew said about manual exposure is a must for any stage event! Something else I do is set the white balance preset to "Incandescent" for stage events (plays, recitals, etc.)I don't bother attempting a manual WB setting since the lighting is constantly changing, sometimes even being red or blue to set a mood for a certain scene. So using the incandescent setting provides a good baseline to work with and both cameras will be consistent at least if I do need to color correct in post.


Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers

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Oliver SmithRe: Color correction
by on May 29, 2015 at 1:39:08 pm

Thanks guys, handy to know all that about auto :) least I know for next time.


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