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Old Mar 16, 2004, 1:36 PM   #1
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I take some pictures at a sporting event and have this awesome new digital rebel. I have coupled on this camera a Speedlight 380EZ flash from my old rebel g camera. At this particular event I noticed that the pictures are VERY red. The place is lit with high pressure sodium lights so you'll gonna get that orange tint. Is there a setting in the camera to compensate for this effect? Someone told me to use Tungsten but with the external flash I don't think you can do that. What about a filter? See the image below and let me know if I can do anything

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Old Mar 16, 2004, 1:38 PM   #2
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Wow, those are some messed up dudes. To me, the flesh tomes of the wrestlers look pretty accurate. I would be worried about the color accuracy of the subjects before I worried about the color of the background. It should be noted that even though the flash emits light at ~5500K, the same as daylight, the light on your subject is a mix between the flash and ambient light.
What did you have your white balance set for? Was it on AUTO? You can change the WB to tungsten like that someone suggested by pressing the WB button on the back of the camera (down arrow)
If it still seems too warm, you can manually set the color temperature by shooting a white or gray card using the lighting you will use for the shot.
The other alternative is to shoot in RAW format, then adjust the color temperature manually in your raw converter.
Like I said earlier the fleshtones look right on, and if you change the white balance to make the background less orange, you might screw up the color of the people. If you have Photoshop or another program that allows color correction to parts of a picture by using selections or masks, you could adjust the background color without affecting your wrestlers.
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 2:29 PM   #4
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You should close the aperture down so that more light come from your flash (and less light from the Sodium). The background will turn darker but that's OK at least you'll get the correct color temperature when the flash is dominant...

IMO raw won't help you here since some portion of the image will be off while other will be corrected and vice versa (ie you have a combination of two light source). ops:
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