Straight out of Camera
The finished image

The setup for this image

This is an image posted to /r/EditMyRaw by /u/maddkid53, seeking opinions on how others would process it. This is my attempt.

I wasn't there, so I invented some lighting.

Step 1
Starting point: a pretty dark photo, in a dark room.
Step 2
It feels obvious that a bump up in exposure is the first thing to do (remembering that Lightroom's exposure slider is a bit 'smarter' than increasing ISO in-camera).
Step 3
After increasing exposure, I thought the result looked a bit lost, so I tried to bring things back with a radial filter.

Radiating outward, I set the exposure back -1.5 stops, and saturation -80.
Step 4
As I mentioned, I wasn't there, so I don't have a memory of the all-red lighting. So I invented some blue lights for the audience. Back in the radial filter, I added a blue colour mask.
Step 5
Finally, I stepped up the saturation just a tiny bit. This just brightened the red a bit on the stage.
Attachment: Raw file
Attachment: Original file
Attachment: Finished file

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