Color graded photo of gym with bad lighting 

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.  

Photo taken with just some white balancing applied.

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. 

Color graded photo

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