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Indoor incandescent lighting....

 
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Aug 11, 2012 18:53 |  #1
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I shot a paid gig couple of days ago. I am not that experienced with shooting indoor environments. I shot tons of cycling races outdoor with crappy morning light. From my experience, if I don't overpower the ambient light, I would get uneven color (white balance in the scene). The location is inside a bike shop, not big. The shop is using some sort of halogen spot lighting with a yellow color cast. I was using a single strobe bouncing light off the ceiling. Using a beige color index card to get some light to the front. I have some shot high lights here:

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Like this scene here, is that a way to balance the exposure level as well as the white balance using a single strobe? It is obvious the subjects closer to my light source would appear more brighter than subjects at the back. I had to play the level and contrast and a warmer white balance to create a gradual transition. I called it "preserving the ambient light." Of course, the ISO is pretty high here, 1600, to let in more ambient light. Otherwise, I would get a pitch black or semi-pitch black DOF or background.

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Aug 11, 2012 22:55 |  #2

Works the same as ourdoors. You have to overpower everything to get it even, or balance your flash to match the light source if you want to maintain some ambient. If there are several different color lights though, then I believe the only way to fix that would be an adjustment brush set to color temp and brush over the weird spots. Not efficient for a ton of pics, granted.

That said, I think the pic looks fine for what it is. I always try to bounce the flash somewhere other than straight up. You light a pretty small area if you bounce it straight up and you want a very large source of light for something like this. You can also set the flash's zoom manually instead of letting it ride on auto. Auto with a telephoto will get you some very stark hotspots depending on your exposure settings. Make sense?


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Aug 11, 2012 22:58 |  #3

Gel your flash to match the color temp of ambient and then WB the entire shot to "correct" color.


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Aug 11, 2012 23:09 |  #4

Sounds like they have standard fluorescent bulbs plus halogen spot lighting. To my knowledge, there wouldn't be one correct white balance for the entire scene...


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Aug 13, 2012 21:09 |  #5
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You can find the rest of the photos here, on the organizer's Flickr page.

http://www.flickr.com/​photos/cyouel/ (external link)

http://www.flickr.com …l/sets/72157631​019788646/ (external link)

It seems that their past events they had some togs shooting only with ambient light indoor....either using a 7d or 5dIII. To use Mitt's wording, it is "discerning." FYI, I am by no means a republican....:)


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