Ice Hockey – Pee Wee – Liverpool Saints vs. Central Coast Cyclones

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Any one who has ever photographed an ice hockey game will be familiar with the fact that rinks despite all the white ice are quite dark. I photograph my son’s games and spend endless hours correcting the colours of each photo. The light in most rinks we attend tends to require Colour Temperature adjustment to about 3300K. I decided to be adventurous with my camera today and instead of using Automatic White Balance I’ve dialed the 3300K temperature. This proved to be spot on. All photos turned our with correct colours.

The short lesson from this story: if you photograph at a venue that gives you constant trouble with colour and that constant is definable, like in this case temperature adjustment it is worth taking notes about this adjustment and use them directly as camera parameters at that venue.

PS: Cyclones lost to Saints 1:6

  • Tom V

    Please tell me the best settings you have found to shoot Midget level ice hockey games with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H7.

    I don’t see an option to adjust color temp but have tried an ISO of 800, Speed of 250 and f2.7, the photos come out grainy, dark and unsuable.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Ted: A DSLR such as Canon 40D would help here as it has excellent image quality at higher ISO settings. Your remaining settings looks fine. In darker rinks you can even boost to ISO 1600 or 3200 if needed.

  • Jelb

    Bonjour,
    Well done shot..good timing..Bravo!

  • Tom V

    Please tell me the best settings you have found to shoot Midget level ice hockey games with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H7.

    I don’t see an option to adjust color temp but have tried an ISO of 800, Speed of 250 and f2.7, the photos come out grainy, dark and unsuable.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Ted: A DSLR such as Canon 40D would help here as it has excellent image quality at higher ISO settings. Your remaining settings looks fine. In darker rinks you can even boost to ISO 1600 or 3200 if needed.

  • Jelb

    Bonjour,
    Well done shot..good timing..Bravo!