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Filters for arena lighting

9 Aug 2006 3:47PM
I will be doing some photography in an arena which has a lot of flourescent tube lighting high up and on the perimeter and sodium lighting on the gantry above the area where I will be shooting.

Can anyone give me advice as to the effect these types of lighting can have on photographs and what kind of filters you would recommend, if any, to counteract the effect.

Thanks in advance for any help.

User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
9 Aug 2006 3:49PM
Shooting silver-halide or digital Trevor?
yoguko 16 302 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2006 3:52PM
What's a digital Trevor?... Smile

on my way out...
9 Aug 2006 4:21PM
I'm shooting 35mm ISO 800
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
9 Aug 2006 4:40PM
This should help with the Sodiums and this this help with the fluorecent problem.

Somewhere 'twixt the two lies your answer I feel.

shooter 18 105 Canada
9 Aug 2006 4:42PM
The Fluor will be green, so you'll want a magenta filter, somewhere about CC30 strength.

The Sodiums will be VERY yellow, so a blue filter is in order.

This type of situation is more manageable with a digital and set two custom white balances, one for each light source.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2006 4:43PM
Good time to shoot B/W.
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
9 Aug 2006 4:49PM
Good call John...
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2006 5:03PM
I would be tempted to try B/W, it could add some atmosphere to the shots avoids the colour issues, and people do not notice/mind the grain as much.

Plus you could concentrate on taking the photo's not worrying about the white balance.
10 Aug 2006 12:27PM
They have to be colour I'm afraid.

Thank you for the advice up to now though and the links, all very helpful.

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