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| p.1 #7 · Shooting Soccer That Starts In Daylight & Ends Under Lights |
Scott Sewell wrote:
I'm with others who've suggested shooting AWB and worry about it in post. That will allow you to focus on capturing the action rather than "chasing the correct white balance."
It's an option when you have that latitude. I'm also one to advocate getting it right in camera as much as possible just in case you have to deliver images to your client moments after taking the shot. That being said, I'm a firm believer in knowing how to dial in Kelvin readings on the fly and knowing what Kelvin you need for each situation... cloudy, sunny, early morning, late afternoon, setting sun, dusk, and knowing all of these conditions with biases based on color of ground and jersey tops. Sounds daunting, but the more you shoot, the better you'll be able to walk into a shoot at any time of the day, survey the scene and decide, yup... 5200K and be correct within 100K either way. I won't say that you'll be able to dial on the fly with different gyms and the PITA cycling lights, but you can, should and WILL get it right outdoors many times the more you shoot.
That being said, I usually find that 5500K- 5800K is a good starting base in normal daylight. Salt to taste, but that should be the range. Continue to monitor your WB in the preview screen and as golden hour commences, you'll be able to tame the sun by dropping your kelvin about 100K every 10 minutes or so until your subject is in shade. That 10:1 ratio is not a steadfast rule, but it has been my working experience. Previews on the camera screen should dictate judgment. When the sun is completely set and your subjects are in shade, you'll actually have to warm up again. Like I said, you actually get good it, the more you do it.
Yeah, it's all kinda geeky, I know, but when it comes to delivering a ready to upload product to my employer, this knowledge goes a long way. Anytime you can prevent extra PP steps for your employer, the more valuable you become as a photographer. I often hear from my usual employers that they opt for my services because they know, it's pretty much throw the card into the reader and hit upload. That can go a long way in this very competitive market.