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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.

Exploring Infrared Photography with the IR Queen

The "IR Queen," Deborah Sandidge, taught me some cool techniques in Virginia.
The “IR Queen,” Deborah Sandidge, taught me some cool techniques in Virginia. Here she is, captured in all her IR glory!

I had the chance to play around with an infrared DSLR while teaching a workshop in Virginia. I’ve never used IR before, and I’m glad that the “IR Queen,” Deborah Sandidge was there to show me the ropes.

In the past, IR photography was something most people really didn’t do. Options for IR before digital came along were to either use IR-sensitive film or an IR cut filter on the lens. Neither of these options were particularly ideal. IR sensitive film was a real pain because it had to be kept cold and had to be loaded in complete darkness to avoid clouding it. IR cut filters, which only allow infrared wavelengths to pass, make shooting tough because they block all visible light… meaning you can’t see through the camera with one attached to your lens. Moreover, exposures with IR filters needed to be on the order of minutes to capture anything.

With digital, the game has changed. You can send your old DSLR or even a point and shoot camera in to a company and have the optical low-pass filter removed and replaced with one that blocks most visible light. Depending on your ambitions, there are several “flavors” of conversions, including some that allow certain visible wavelengths to pass through in addition to the IR ones. Once you’ve converted your camera, you’ll need to explore the art of processing IR images. Continue reading Exploring Infrared Photography with the IR Queen