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| p.2 #9 · Post Processing for Hockey |
Someone already mentioned setting the temperature for your arena lighting. This sounds necessary with low light and uneven lighting as you shoot through glass.
Our town arena has surge lighting that casts rows of pink ice and the glass not only steals a stop, but also creates a green cast --every which way you point you get a different exposure...all underexposed. So I set my camera for tungsten and bring the images in at 3800K in lightroom and add increased saturation, etc in a preset as I select images to upload. The images must be sharp in-camera. and that's the basic when you shoot fast action in very poor light conditions at high ISO. There's not much choice.
--Another think to check is if you have dirty glass on either side. Snot, blood, sweat, puck grease, mashed chips and gravy, will do it every time.
Wanna talk horrible lighting? This is an outdoor rink and the lights on one side do not remotely match the color of the lights on the other side. With no ceiling to bounce the light my setting on my D3s were 12,800 ISO, f2.8 and 1/320. I prefer to never go below 1/500 even with the little guys but sometimes you just need to get the shots.
The lights in the back are lighting the ice ad it's a nice green color, you can see the magenta in the whites on his jersey. You can also see the magenta on the boards since they are being lit by the same lights that are falling on my son (the one falling over lol) If I was to make any prints of anything shot here I'd probably just pull the saturation out of the greens.