View Full Version : Taking photos in a arena Halogin lights

12-05-2008, 10:43 PM
Can you recommend some tips for taking photos in a arena and a gym. The haloing lights are causing problems.

12-06-2008, 10:19 AM
This can be a tricky one!

My first suggestion would be to set your camera (Pentax K200D I think) on AUTO white balance, as you're never gonna get it right by guesstimating it, even with a grey card.

And, most importantly, only shoot in RAW mode. That way you can adjust for the colour temperature and other stuff after the event and from the comfort of your PC.

Halogen lightning used at sporting venues is always problematical. These lamps don't emit a continuous spectrum of light, but rather as a series of "emission lines", or concentrated bands, because of the nature of the lamp's gas (which uses iodine or bromine as the so-called "halogen").

Sporting venues often deliberately mix lamp types to improve visual colour rendition or normalise the light which is well-known to be poor with only halogen lighting. This can result in completely unpredictable illumination that actually varies from venue to venue.

Good luck. :)