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New Infrared Lens Tests for Nikon Z

Thanks to some readers, I’ve been able to update the Nikon Z Infrared Lens Performance Chart with some new glass.

  • Nikon 40mm f/2 Z Nikkor (tested by R. Walker)
  • Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 DX Z Nikkor (tested by R. Walker)
  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for Nikon Z (tested by S. Cella)
  • TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye for Nikon Z (tested by S. Cella)

Of these, the 40mm Nikon appears to be the best performer; not perfect, but definitely good enough for most situations. Another interesting result was that the 18-140mm DX Nikkor Z performed reasonably well, which bodes well for Nikon DX mirrorless users contemplating an infrared conversion.

How to Fix Banding in Digital Images

Remove Banding Artifacts with Photoshop

Mirrorless cameras converted for infrared capture can be prone to banding artifacts.

When I got my infrared-converted Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera, a colleague told me to watch out for banding in my images. I have never seen banding in images from my normal Nikon Z cameras, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

It turns out that in rare instances, I can detect slight banding patterns, especially if I’ve made strong local contrast adjustments, like the Structure slider in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Removing banding from digital images with Photoshop
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Digital Infrared Processing

Live Online Class Thursday, June 25th

Learn to process digital infrared images with Jason Odell

I’m pleased to offer a live class online Thursday, June 25th from 7-9pm US Eastern Time. Digital Infrared Processing: Fundamentals and Creativity is intended to show you how to work with digital infrared images in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Collection plug-ins like Silver Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.

Topics include

  • Setting proper white balance on infrared images (in-camera and in Lightroom)
  • Adjusting infrared images from color and standard cameras (590-720nm)
  • How to correct hot-spots in infrared images
  • Creating the “blue-sky” effect in infrared images in Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Converting infrared images to monochrome
  • Colorizing infrared images
  • Using plug-ins for creative impact

All registered participants will receive a video replay of the live class.

The Image Doctors #11

The Image Doctors Photography Podcast

Infrared Photography

This week, Jason and Rick are talking about digital infrared photography. Infrared photography is more accessible than ever, so here’s what you need to know before you get started, from choosing a conversion to what subjects to photograph.

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Photo of the Day: Standing Guard

Antique Fire Truck, Teller County, CO Digital Infrared Capture with Nikon 1 V1 (590nm).
Antique Fire Truck, Teller County, CO
Digital Infrared Capture with Nikon 1 V1 (590nm).

I took a drive through the high country yesterday, and I stopped briefly to photograph this great antique fire truck with my IR-converted Nikon 1 V1 camera. This shot was hand-held using the 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VRII zoom-Nikkor lens via FT-1 adapter (it’s a great combo on the IR V1). I processed this image in Lightroom 5.2 (just updated) and then converted it to monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2 (guidebook). The tint/glow effect was courtesy of the “Sunlight” filter in Color Efex Pro 4 (guidebook), which I applied selectively via Control Points.

Thanks for looking.