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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Help me fix my colors (Im in basketball gym hell) |
With cycling lights, you are always better off setting the kelvin than letting the camera try and figure it out. Your results will still vary, but not as wildly. You can eyeball it, trying different temperatures until the whites in the white jerseys look white. Or if you shoot there regularly, shoot raw, take a grey card and shoot a burst of shots of the card under the lights. Use a dropper to adjust in LR or other. Make a note of the temperatures of the magneta, blue and green frames and you will have a baseline for adjustment.
Trying to shoot at 1/60 is hopeless. First, it's impossible to stop motion and second, it's impossible to sync your shot with the beginning of a cycle, leaving you with frames half in one cycle half in the next. Shoot at as high shutter speed as you can manage to assure the majority of your frames are a single color and adjust each separately.
Has your sample shot had some color adjustments already? I ask that because the whites look white (though in the case of the shoes, it may be just be that they are overexposed and there are no pixels there), but the other colors either look too magenta (blues) or not magenta enough (yellows). If this was corrected and you have an original SOOC, post that. Otherwise, your best bet to salvage this at this point may be to go into Photoshop's Selective Colors (Image>Adjustments>Selective Colors.
It's hard for me to make corrections on a reduced size file, especially not having seen the original shade of the yellows, the blues in the padding and the doors, but for a start, you can go to the yellow channel, and push the magentas up to around 50%. That will bring the African American skin color to a more predominantly magenta hue. (You can fine tune based on your first hand knowledge of the players.) It also gives the door and floor more of a honey color, which is more common. Then pull down the cyans until you get it close to reality. If your yellows are still glowing, you may need to go into Hue and Adjustments and lower the saturation on the yellow channel a bit. In Selective Colors, you can go to the blues and tone down the magentas there. Adjust the whites as required. Etc., etc.
I played around with it and got the skin tones to something more natural, but given the small size of the file and my ignorance of the original hues, it is far from satisfactory.