Okay, ……………..Let’s talk
In my opinion, White Balance is The most important thing you Must do when shooting Infrared.
I constantly interact with Infrared Digital Artists that are having challenges with their Infrared photography and 99% of the time the issue is White Balance.
I take a simple approach to White Balance and generally use foliage, grass or trees, as a reference image, or concrete or stone if the majority of my image is made up of that. This approach has worked well for me. Recently, I’ve been hearing people say that you can use a piece of Green paper in place of Green grass, or Blue/Cyan Paper to get a Blue Sky.
I just came back from testing this idea. On my way to the location I had in mind I spared no expense and stopped at that store where everything is a buck. They had a pack of colored construction paper, and those soft cookies I like, so I got both.
Here’s the paper,
I’m using my Super Color converted Canon 7DMKII for these, with my Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II Ultra wide lens
So, first let’s start with the Green
I set the Green paper out, filled the image area with the paper, and shot 3 exposures
I selected 1/60sec and set the Custom White Balance.
Then I made this image
Umm,…… yeah, .. I don’t think so.
With a Red/Blue color channel swap I got this.
Okay, maybe the Cyan will work
Here’s the Cyan 3 exposures
……This looks familiar
Let’s try the image again.
Why did this happen?
Because ……………. it’s just a piece of paper.
In Infrared, the camera cannot tell the difference.
However, if we shoot the foliage
We can capture this .
Which can make this
So, I think I can safely say that putting colored paper in your camera bag for a White Balance will NOT help you get better images.
But I do have another idea.
Remember that bag of cookies I got?
Well, it turns out they work about as well as the colored paper.
So, put them in your camera bag instead, and do a White Balance the right way.
Now, I gotta go, …. I really need a glass of milk.