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White Balance in High School basketball gym
Ken Lanese, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 9:05 PM on 01.14.19
->> leave it on Auto, set to tungsten or something else?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:02 AM on 01.15.19
->> If you shoot 300 images on auto-white balance you'll have potentially 300 different color balances to correct for. You need to determine the correct balance and then set your camera(s) to it for consistent true color files. Here are three options.

Option 1 -- Use a ColorChecker Passport or a calibrated neutral gray card to do a custom preset color balance.

Option 2 -- Shoot a CCP, white piece of paper or neutral gray test card on auto-exposure and auto-white balance as a RAW file. Then open the file in Photoshop Camera Raw. At the upper right it will display the Kelvin the camera used. Then set your camera(s) to that Kelvin.

Option 3 -- If you own a Nikon D850, shoot a white piece of paper or neutral gray test card on auto-exposure and auto-white balance as either a JPG or RAW file. Display the file on your camera's rear screen and look at the color balance info setting. It will say AUTO accompanied by the Kelvin used by the camera. Set your camera(s) to that number.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer, Photo Editor
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 11:00 AM on 01.19.19
->> The problem we see a lot in high school gyms here are the lights "cycling" on three-phase power and not outputting a consistent color balance.

In these cases no setting on the camera will produce consistent white balance between all shots.

You can always shoot in RAW and adjust the white balance for specific frames afterwards if you have the time.

Shooting JPG in this situation means finding the best compromise setting that gives a good white balance for most of the frames. In my experience this usually ends up being about 2/3 of them.
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