thanks everyone for the responses so far!
D Thompson wrote in post #17463243
You could help us help you by saying what software you have available and also posting one of the images.
i am using lightroom 5 and will post one of the images when i get home from work.
nqjudo wrote in post #17463249
If you are using Lightroom for post you could easily paint in selective temperature using the adjustment brush. I often do that with mixed lighting.
i have used the adjustment brush in lightroom for sharp edges (windows, buildings, etc.) but not sure how i would do it with diffused looking edges on the back wall. this will probably make more sense when i post one of the images [mental note to self: post sample with diffused looking edges of spotlighting]
Luckless wrote in post #17463257
I take two approaches to the issue, depending on the photo and desired outcome.
The first and one I most commonly use for the sports photography I do is just "Accept it". Balance the photo as closely as I can for the parts I care about, and just accept that there were multiple lights involved and other parts of the image are potentially going to look weird. So far no one has ever complained about it besides myself.
The other option that I rarely use is blending the photos. There are various ways to go about it, but the easiest I've found is to generate two copies that are set for the white balance of the respective lights involved. I'll then take those into photoshop as layers, and then mask one over the other. Basically painting the 'corrected' white balance from one layer into the other.
i was considering going with your option one and just accept it, my wife even suggested that it is not that big a deal...but then i am a little ocd-ish so it bugged me that more than half of a photo would be off-colour/blue-ish and only the one subject is balanced properly.
your option two is something i had not considered, but might try tonight if i have time. i have done similar edits with other photos so it might be the easiest for me at this point.
john5189 wrote in post #17463291
Convert to B&W- you cant really balance after two different lighting temperatures fall on different sides of the faces of important subjects.
black and white is an option but i was hoping to have at least a few that would be in colour, especially for ones that do not have lighting differences on the actual subjects.
John from PA wrote in post #17463304
What shutter speeds were being used? Beyond the "mixed" white balance situation, which can be handled reasonably well in post, there is the situation of flickering with flourescent light and actual color variation depending on when the image is acquired relative to the lighting cycle.
shutter speeds were generally around 1/400 sec, shot with a 70-200/2.8 at 100-140mm focal lengths for the most part.