I recently shot a volleyball match in a dimly lit High School gym. Before the match started, I took a few test shots to account for the ambient lighting. I then selected a white balance that gave me an accurate picture. Once the match started, I put my Nikon D700 on Ch (high speed continuous shooting) to have a better chance or capturing good action moments. When I reviewed the images, I noticed that there was significant color shift between frames. Why would that be?
#1. "RE: Color Shift in images" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sat 14-Sep-13 06:07 PM
Welcome to Nikonians, David.
What you are seeing is almost certainly not a camera problem
Many gym lighting systems use a type of illumination that "cycles" in tune with the AC electricity supply. Unfortunately for us photographers, this means that the colour temperature of the lights varies from moment to moment. Assuming that you are using a fast shutter speed to capture the action, the colour of your images will vary depending on what part of the cycle the lights were in.
There is little that can be done about this, other than shooting in RAW (NEF) and adjusting the white balance on individual shots after the event.
#3. "RE: Color Shift in images" | In response to Reply # 2ajdooley Nikonian since 25th May 2006Sun 15-Sep-13 05:08 PM | edited Sun 15-Sep-13 05:09 PM by ajdooley
Brian is, as we said in the military, "steel on target." The color shifts -- from a blue-green to darned near pink in between two frames -- are products of cheap or old lighting systems. I shoot for a small weekly newspaper in Illinois, and in one of the area's new gymnasiums, there's a similar issue with the scoreboards, which I shoot to cue me to the scores by quarters and sometimes to note a time for a specific event. I now shoot 2-3 shots of the scoreboards as they will not infrequently exhibit a blank screen! I know that wastes storage space -- especially with 75mb RAW images -- but that's why there are two delete keys on my keyboard!
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