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Behind The Curtain – Live Concert Grade

July 4, 2018

Dan shares a tale of things going a bit wrong on a live concert grade w/ high powered LED lights and how moving over to ACES solved things.


LED Stage Lighting – A Colorists Worst Enemy!

I thought it was time to go behind the curtain again and share another story from my suite. This time it’s a live concert music video.

I had a lovely project that was shot brilliantly on some excellent cameras but I got a little adventurous with my look and had to backtrack.

The director wanted something filmic and cinematic so I decided to use film emulation and go for a printy look (surprise surprise!) but totally forgot about the hazards of LED stage lighting.

It’s much easier to check out the video below for the full story but essentially I stupidly fell in love with a look on one shot in the whole video.

It was right in the middle of the lighting being perfect for good skin tone, good separation, and a lovely atmospheric feel.

My mistake was that I was too busy looking at one single shot and about 5 seconds later the lighting completely changed.

The extreme magenta lighting was clipped very badly by the LUT and I had to jump over to ACES to save the day.

I didn’t have to use ACES but I knew the Neon Suppression LMT would save the day in this situation and still give me a nice contrast curve on the image.

Jump over to my video below to see the full story!


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  • Hey! Just wanted to point out there are about 12 minutes of black video at the end of this Tut. May deter people who don’t think they have 21 minutes. Otherwise great Tut!

  • Patrick Inhofer

    Thanks! Yeah, Dan will get that fixed soon. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • Hey Dan,

    Nice tip with the LMT.

    I also loved the technique at 18:22!

  • Matthew C

    Incredibly frustrating to watch. Very little teaching and almost no setup to the points being discussed. It feels like virtually nothing is explained, it’s more like a list of events that took place. At least in my opinion. An in depth tutorial on the grade would be awesome.

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