I've shot a few theatre shows recently and I encountered a new problem, mainly with colored lights. For exposure I used the blinkies as a reference to avoid highlights clipping keeping the exposure down as much as needed. The situation is that in several shots, with different lights, I have one single channel that extends much much more into the highlights than the others. Here three samples: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v964o1q6yj083p4/blue-P6070656.ORF?dl=1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5bfixz74z56izus/red-P6080147.ORF?dl=1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/82ut1uzmqsy9pfc/red-clipping-P6110324.ORF?dl=1 According to Darktable only the blue shot has some small clippings in the RAW file. According to the E-M1 LCD everything is ok (in the jpeg rendering luminance I suppose). The only hint is in the small colored histograms where one is clearly different from the others. The problem is that as soon as I try to recover some shadows the blown channel gets clipped and the colors get weird. If I push only the other colors, or push down the red, I get a similar problem. I do not want to alter the light color, just to open the shadows. How do you deal with this situation at show time and in post? How to notice this problem while shooting? I have already exposed to the left, exposing even darker would make no difference as the difference between the channels would be the same. Exposing for the shadows would just clip completely the blown channel. Seems more like a dynamic range problem. The blue shot is not bad (I have others with the faces pointing up where I get the same clippings I get on the white shirts). Recovering the highlights, that should be easy, does not work very well, probably due to minor clippings. The two guys shot is overexposed, pushing it down by about 1 stop makes it more natural (and the red channel is all inside the histogram) but the guy on the left is lost in the shadows. The girl shot is not bad but to lit her face is impossible. Here I think the light was near white, probably a little yellow. The red sweater explodes into orange as soon as I do anything. Using a lot of work with selective color correction I was able to do something but nothing really usable. I'm not interested in these shots specifically, these are just a sample (from the bad ones). I also do not like the "all shadows full open and all highlights down" style that is so common in many shots around, I like some natural contrast, but a little correction sometimes helps. What do you think?