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Photos turn red at high ISO in theater lighting

vitalishe

Los Alamos, US
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vitalishe Registered since 27th Dec 2012
Mon 01-Sep-14 11:24 PM

A few months ago I was taking pictures at a theater performance. The light was dim and constantly changing due to a heavy use of projectors. I had to shoot at ISO 6400 using Nikkor 80-200 at f/2.8 using shutter speed around 1/50-1/80 sec. I was shooting RAW using auto white balance. Previously it was not a problem for me to adjust the white balance in Lightroom.

This time, though, most of my photos came out red. They look like purely shadows of red. Any idea why this happened and how to avoid this problem in the future?

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In this case red actually works well, but there are many other examples where it does not.
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