There is a misunderstanding that has come to light that I would address and discuss. The issue relates to the in-camera White Balance that is set when your camera was converted by Life Pixel. Somewhere along the way the misunderstanding has occurred and people believe that when a camera is converted we set a magical, mystical, Master Custom White Balance that can be used until the end of time.
Uhhhh, . . . . . . no.
There is no such thing.
In fact, the White Balance that we set when your camera was converted to Infrared was a test, and we never expected you to use that White Balance to shoot with.
Let’s talk about the in-camera White Balance for a minute.
What’s it for? If you are shooting in RAW, does it affect the RAW file?
NO, ….. no it doesn’t.
What it does is affect the way you Preview the RAW file. And that’s the key. The in-camera White Balance is used to help you get the correct exposure.
A Custom White Balance is something you will want to set depending on the shooting situation you are in.
I have found four basic scenarios for setting WB. These will cover most of the shooting situations you find yourself in.
When shooting an organic scene, use organic for a White Balance.
Example: When you are shooting a landscape, use grass, trees or other foliage as a WB reference image. It is important to note it is not the color green that is important, but rather the way the Infrared light reflects off the organic material. Dormant, brown grass can also be used for WB balance, and in Fall leaves work rather well also.
When shooting an inorganic scene, use something inorganic for a White Balance.
Example: When you are shooting a cityscape, consider using something in the image, like concrete or blacktop for a WB reference image. When shooting a landscape in a location without foliage, try using rock or stone as a reference image.
When taking and IR portrait, use the subjects skin as a White Balance reference.
Example: Use any area of skin as a WB reference image.
When all else fails, use a grey card.
Example: Getting a good WB in a snow scene is challenging. Snow reflects so much light, it over powers the sensor. A standard grey card will do the trick.
I hope this clears up the misunderstanding about the in-camera White Balance that was set when your camera was converted.