Ray Marrero wrote:
I went with WhiBal. They even have a tutorial on their web site. I shoot Raw and Jpeg and the WhiBal really saves me time. I don't do a custom balance I just shoot and then shooot the WhiBal card in the same light, then go on to the next setting. It's faster than doing a custom balance.
I agree and have gone this route as well. I'm not aware of a RAW processing program that will make use of the custom white balance setting, so it seems silly to use that when you're shooting RAW. Just get a whi-bal shot before, during, or after the shots that you take in each setting, and white balancing in the RAW processor is very fast (we are using Capture One today, but they all seem to work the same way).
Now I will admit to tweaking the white balance on a few shots after neutralizing them from the grey card. Sometimes I want a warmer tone, but that's an artistic decision that I can make once I'm starting from a consistant point.
It's also a good idea to color calibrate your monitor using something like the Gretag Macbeth Eye One Display 2, or Monaco Optix for the same reason, to improve consistancy from one shoot to the next and one image to the next, etc.
Hope this helps!