Two years ago I shot a photo at a concert that I have since then used to test various image editing software. It has everything you don’t want: A lot of blue LED light (but also other lights), clipped areas, and dark shadows that easily lose contrast.
RPN_Kick-In_20180830_3392.NEF (9.6 MB)
At the time I shot it I was using Lightroom and it annoys me to no end that it just dealt with it and gave me a usable image and I have no idea how.
In darktable I managed to get this edit that I like, but I had to use a few very ugly hacks to get it like this. such as
- Filmicrgb with v3 color science
- Channel mixer in the pipe before input profile
- Rec709 as input profile (which makes no sense), the default matrix for my Nikon D300 gives all kinds of nasty artifacts.
RPN_Kick-In_20180830_3392_01.NEF.xmp (12.5 KB)
(darktable 3.2.1, simple edit with scene-referred workflow for comparison)
RPN_Kick-In_20180830_3392_03.NEF.xmp (7.6 KB)
I would of course prefer to make this look good without weird tricks, so I’m hoping that you have suggestions, tricks or other ideas on how to handle an image like this gracefully and get the most out of it.
If I remember correctly RawTherapee did reasonable as well, mainly because I could use Adobe’s DCP profiles with RT.
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