From Purple Light to Normal Tones
Often when concert photographers shoot photos in dark nightclubs or even large venues, there is the problem with colored mood lighting. The musicians either look like grapes or perhaps Smurfs. I sometimes see photographers leave the colored faces since “that is how it really looked” while standing near the stage. Still, I think it looks weird and I often opt for more natural skins tones.
The first step is to try using the white balance eye dropper on the hair or face of the person. Sometimes this is enough to do the trick but other times it takes a few steps.Split toning is a great way to achieve a more natural or normal appearance. One most be familiar with color theory or the color wheel. The idea behind creating skin tones is to add a secondary color to create a brown color.
Red lights–use green split toning
Purple lights—using yellow split toning
Green lights–use red split toning
Blue lights—use orange split toning
A screen shot from Light Room
When all else fails, one can always go the artistic route and create a black and white photo.
And yet another example…..
Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish. Photo by Steve Neff. Editing by Chyrisse.