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Setting White Balance for indoor sports

 
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Feb 07, 2018 19:58 |  #31

I actually don't use white, I use black stripes on the court or chairs to set my WB.

I shoot at speeds between 1/1250 and 1/2000, if possible. In high school gyms, I have to slow it down a bit because their CFL and gas lights are too dim and I end up at ISO 16000, like the below sample. No flash either, as there is no good place to put flash around the court, and having it on camera just won't be sufficient to really change anything. The colors are dull when I do this however and it takes a bit of post to bring them back a bit.


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Mar 10, 2018 05:58 |  #32

When I got the 7D mkii it had the Flicker detection. My 5D mk4 has it too. This has made a huge difference for me personally. I shoot club volleyball and I shoot 1/1000 2.8 and 6,400-16,000 ISO with great results. I normally shoot a grey card with it reflecting the lights above and it seems to work. While my 6D was amazing in these conditions, it was a nightmare in gyms where the lights were old and had different color casts. The older the light itself, the more variations in the color/freq cycle I saw.

I also shoot raw for flexibility reasons to fix variations in the WB from one part of the court vs others based on which light the players are beneath. Alot of the newer courts are going to LED which brings another whole set of issues. In those situation I shoot D+ to preserve highlights due to the directness and harshness of the LED's on their faces. In the case of LED, I under expose by 2/3 or so to prevent blowing the highlights. When I used a 6D mki, it could be pushed really hard to the right on the histogram with out much highlight loss. The 5Dm4 is far less forgiving, except the fact I can underexpose now without much shadow noise penalty. Then I push the exposure in post.

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