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I'm about to shoot a hockey video. Most of the shots will be taken on the ice in an arena with hundreds of fluorescent lights. Any tips or production advice when shooting inside the rink?
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If shooting 24p under fluorescent lighting, set your shutter speed to 1/60 this allows for a brighter looking picture for better looking video. 

A regular UV "Protector" filter or an FL-D filter is used when you wish to correct for the greenish tone that appears when shooting under general purpose fluorescent lighting. Be careful with an FL-D filter as far as settings on your camera The FLD filter is actually designed to convert fluorescent light to daylight. It's magenta in color which adds warmth to the overall scene. It is to be used with discretion in that it produces pronounced changes. Also when you edit, adjusting the RGB levels in your editing program should take care of it.

 

The other one piece of advice I could give you, and the most important, is to manually white balance your camera to a white card before the shoot. Being under fluorescent lights can bring any range of tints from a pale orange to a sharp green so you want to make sure your white balance is perfect.

To manually white balance, have someone hold a pure white card in front of the camera’s lens and then zoom the camera in on the white card so it fills the screen. Then press the White Balance button on the camera.

The camcorder will then do the White Balance calculation. Normally, the process takes just a few seconds.

After the camcorder has been white balanced, any video taken will have its color temperature shifted correctly. If you turn off the camcorder, be sure to do another white balance before you start to tape.

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"Shoot wide". Staying wide lets you cover all the action and keeps the camera pretty steady and if at all possible, shoot from over the glass

If you wondered what kind of occasion would be good for a tripod, this is it. Because the action will be occurring at different places, your camera will be moving a lot. A tripod will keep the camera steady and allow you to follow the puck with ease. If you don’t have a tripod, you must concentrate on keeping the camera steady. Try leaning against something for support.

Make sure you are in the best position to get the most coverage. Don't stand at the end of the field or arena as all the action may happen far away from you. You may also want to put other settings, like focus on automatic.

Last update: 07:20 PM Thursday, August 14, 2008

 



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