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Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #104

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Hi guys and gals!

I just started on IR photography and realized it to be a challenge in post processing.

I mainly use Photoshop (because Lightroom doesn't have Channel Mixer) but can't get the white balance to have the IR effect that you usually see in IR. But nonetheless, still able to produce nice edits, albeit, not the same effect as you'd normally expect.

I am now using UFRAW in addition to GIMP for my IR edits and sorta got the effects I want.

So, I made this thread to find out what other programs would you suggest for me to use that is great for IR edits to achieve white foliage and dark skies, etc.

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #113

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what camera are you using. do you have an infrared sensor or are you using a filter?

when I shoot IR, I always do a custom white balance. find something green and shoot that and use that for your custom WB.

as far as post processing, I did a video of it at one point. I'm not sure how Greg feels about me posting it so I won't until I hear back from him. but I found that doing a custom white balance made a big difference
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Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #115

I don't have a problem if you paste the video link here Kyle. As for Infrared processing I haven't done it in a long time but if you want me to do a video just send over the raw file.
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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #175

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kmmfoto wrote:
what camera are you using. do you have an infrared sensor or are you using a filter?

I'm using a Nikon D5000 and an R72 filter

As to the white balance, I also usually get it from the leaves or grass to neutralize the reds, but I can't seem to get the effects I want; I might be shooting wrong or I'm post processing it wrong LOL.
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As for Infrared processing I haven't done it in a long time but if you want me to do a video just send over the raw file.

Sweet, I'll send over a RAW file and one of my many attempts on post processing IR. Is it alright to post the RAW here? Or should I email it?

I'm going to the park in a bit, so I might try another IR shot and would send it's RAW as well.

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #247

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Hi Greg!

Here are my attempts at IR... I can't say that I'm at all too happy with them. So I will include links to download my RAW files.

EDIT 1:

12-20-2011FrontyardIR-1.jpg


EDIT 2:

IR-3.jpg



The shot above was taken a week or so ago and the weather conditions were nice; Ijust didn't go to the part that day :(

EDIT 1:

IR-4.jpg


EDIT 2:

IR-5.jpg


This shot above was taken just yesterday at the park, but as you can see, the weather conditions were unforgiving (it rained shortly after this shot LOL) so I couldn't get those whispy cloud effects :(

So these are my attempts :blush:

And here are the links:

Picture 1:

www.mediafire.com/?h8z2hzp2hly380g

Picture 2:

www.mediafire.com/?debe7eh6t0qfzgr

In fact, anyone can download this and give me a lesson on how to post process IR properly.

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #253

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If I remember correctly, the D5000 has an IR filter over the sensor which greatly reduces the IR light that hits the sensor. This might be why you're having trouble getting the greens to be white. From the looks of your RAW file that might be the case

Here is the video i made about my post process of IR files. I usually do my IR as HDR.

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #259

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Thanks for the video Kyle! Will surely try this out ASAP! :)

Yeah, I just recently heard the D5000 has this aggressive filter :S ; You think if I shoot over 2 mins, let's say 3-4 mins, would it counter some of the aggressive filtering?

I'll probably give it a go tomorrow with slightly longer exposures, but in this side of the world we'll be welcoming the new year and its going to be a warzone with all the firecrackers LOL

Thanks again, Kyle! And hope you won't mind if I bug you every now and then for help in post processing IR :)

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #267

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feel free to bug me anytime. i don't mind at all.

as for increasing the exposure time, i don't think that will help. that will just brighten your exposure. the filter restricts light wavelengths from passing through.

if you want your greens to be white you can increase the exposure and blow out the greens in photoshop. or you can send your camera in and have it converted but only do that if you plan on doing only IR.

hope that helps!

you're a musician too? what do you play?
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Alrightee, I'll try increasing the exposure and blowing at the greens; I'll keep my D5000 at stock sensor for now, maybe when I upgrade the body I'll have it converted to IR hehehe ;) as for now, I'll take a break from IR :P

Yep, I play mostly Alternative Rock (90s in particular) and 70s Classic Rock :) I play mostly the guitar... but like photography, still got a ways to go in becoming better LOL

What instrument do you play? And what genre? :)

Happy New Year, by the way!!

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #318

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I didn't mean increase the exposure in camera I meant increase the exposure of greens only in photoshop.

I'm a classically trained pianist. I also play a bunch of jazz piano. I'm an organist in a church and I play all the brass instruments as well

happy new year!!!
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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #331

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I see, what's the best method to increase the exposures of the greens? LOL have not really explored PS CS5 since I have most of my work in LR3 :P

Nice, jazz; I've played quite a few... really a few jazz, but not that many buddies of mine play jazz around here, so I couldn't really explore jazz. It's really catchy beat though...

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Re: Infrared Photography Post Processing? 4 years 11 months ago #395

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here is my try Chris


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