This past weekend marked the start of my daughter’s volleyball season. Of course I brought the camera with me to capture some of the action. But like many gyms, this one had really yellow metal halide light fixtures. I tried white balancing as best I could but there was still a yellow cast and removing it affected skin color.I had just learned a technique of color grading a video and thought of applying the technique to a photo I really liked.
I used a gradient type grading technique which applied a certain hue to highlights and another color hue to the shadows. I selected a orange-ish color for the highlights (skin was in highlights) and a bluish magenta color for the shadows. The results are below with the yellow light cast from the shadow areas having a cooler and contrasty feel to the highlight areas.