Volleyball in tough lighting conditions

October 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This past Saturday I covered my first Volleyball game in a few weeks.  Volleyball like only a handful of other sports presents a unique challenge of being fast and indoors.  The indoors part is where life gets tricky, most gymnasiums are not very well lit, especially for cameras.  The lights aren't just dim, but they also tend to cycle, so while subtle to the naked eye the camera will see what colors are change frequently within the same light and light to light they are usually different.  The best solution I've found for this is using reference cards that are truly neutral, and then making custom white balance adjustments.

Here are a few looks from the Match:

 

One of the more fun parts of covering volleyball is the emotion the players have to the progression of the set.

For the photographers reading this, here's a photo of my reference card on the floor next to the net,  I take a few reference photos around the room in situations like this, as I mentioned earlier each light is at a different color temperature, so depending upon where the athlete is some adjustments may need to be made to match that particular light at that moment.


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