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Old Jun 15, 2010, 1:33 PM   #11
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shoot in raw. That way you can decide how you want the final images to look. Different color lights will throw off auto white balance calculations. So it's tough to get an image that is true to life (i.e. with the appropriate color cast). Shoot raw and you can control it in post processing.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 1:40 PM   #12
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shoot in raw. That way you can decide how you want the final images to look. Different color lights will throw off auto white balance calculations. So it's tough to get an image that is true to life (i.e. with the appropriate color cast). Shoot raw and you can control it in post processing.

Once again my apologies - should have included that also (have to learn here - more is better). I only shoot in raw (just for that reason).
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 2:15 PM   #13
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What you're likely to get, withouit doing anything, is a dark background with brightly lit subjects. The camera's exposure system will try to come up with a setting that will correctly expose the subjects and the background, doing neither of them justice. The white spots are the blown highlights because the camera was trying to also get a good exposure for the background.

You need to use spot metering to get a good exposure on the subject(s), whatever the light might be, so that the subjects won't be a collection of blown highlights and the black background is rendered as a medium gray.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 2:20 PM   #14
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If you are shooting with a heavy white spot light. You may want to EV down to -1/3 or -2/3 to try to not blow out the high light. But it is not the easiest situation to shoot in.
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Thanks for the tips and advice.

I will let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I will see what I can manufacture to practice.
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