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You will have to sit down and work on it. A simple 'adjust the white balance' approach will not work, because the light that you are getting is not from a black-body source for which color temperature has meaning. You are working with specific frequencies of light from a fluorescent or discharge source. As such, you need to look at steps to getting that ...
Rosco Filter Facts brochure has a chapter on filters for improving photos under discharge lamps, page 14.
Shoot in RAW format and fix in post-production. When importing RAW, you can adjust the color temperature. If that doesn't fix it, use a layer mask and a selective color adjustment layer in Photoshop to correct the color cast(s).
In the case of the Sodium Vapor lamps, set your Color Temperature to 2700°K. That is the center of the narrow band that those type lights emit. Some advanced High Pressure Sodium lamps include mercury that allows them to emit a slightly broader spectrum, but it is still centered at around 2700°K. Metal Halide lamps can be tuned from around 3000°K to over ...
Your best bet here is a custom white balance. On most Nikon cameras, there's a custom white balance setting, typically denoted by a "K". In this case it depends on the lights in use, but something around 3000K would be a good start. I'd recommend using a grey card, white piece of paper or your hand (worst case scenario) to be used as a reference under the ...
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