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Techniques for combating flickering green-magenta night lights during HS baseball

 
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Apr 02, 2014 19:04 |  #1
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Does anyone have any techniques on how to deal with crazy color balance issues during night game photography for high school baseball? I had a problem where half the dirt is red, and the other half is greenish in the same image because the overhead lights are flickering between exposures.

I could use the adjustment brush to spot correct white balance by eye, but was hoping someone would have a faster method.


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Apr 02, 2014 19:09 |  #2

I tend to adjust so players are 'as close to memory' as I can get them. Whites aren't always white, and I'm happy to capture what was seen, not what would have ideally been seen in totally different light. I keep my focus on the players, and don't worry as much about background elements. If that shifts colour I honestly just don't bother caring all that much.


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Apr 02, 2014 20:28 |  #3

Shoot raw and adjust as much as possible. That is the worst thing about HS sports


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Apr 02, 2014 22:09 |  #4

Shoot Raw, Shoot tight (show less wide areas so odds are more in your favor of it being from one lamp at a time), Set WB to custom with WB card with test image shutter speed of 1/60th or 1/30th of a sec to get an average of the cycle (jog out onto the field before if you can, sometimes I'll get a reference shot after if there's a big lighting change), if the image is really important, LR4 and LR5 have WB painting that I've already used a handful of times this baseball season to even out images that mix warm sunlight and cool shadow in the same image.


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Great idea about dragging the shutter. I guess I'll have to rely on the painting technique in raw.


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Apr 08, 2014 12:38 |  #6

Sounds like Sodium Vapor lights. If they are, you can't WB to them at all because of the color change they go through as they cycle.

Because setting a custom WB doesn't help at all - as a couple folks have mentioned you are best to shoot in RAW and adjust the individual photos as needed.


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Apr 15, 2014 02:18 as a reply to  @ i_am_cdn's post |  #7

Drives me nuts during basketball season at certain gyms.
Take 5 shots in a row and you get 3 different color results.




  
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Apr 21, 2014 08:26 |  #8

i_am_cdn wrote in post #16819067 (external link)
Sounds like Sodium Vapor lights. If they are, you can't WB to them at all because of the color change they go through as they cycle.

Yupe. I shoot (basketball) in high burst rate hoping I can catch one with OK WB.




  
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