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The Badlands in a Different Light

Infrared Photo Safari June 2-5, 2024

Photograph the Badlands and more with me during an immersive infrared workshop, June 2-5 2024

Calling all infrared photography enthusiasts! Enhance your skills and take your photography to new creative heights with me in South Dakota. During this workshop, we will delve into the mesmerizing world of infrared photography. Learn how to capture stunning and otherworldly images by harnessing the power of invisible light. I will guide you through the process, providing hands-on training and sharing invaluable tips and techniques.

But that’s not all! In addition to the photography aspect, we will also cover two essential software tools for every photographer’s toolkit – Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. Discover how to enhance your infrared images and make them truly stand out with these industry-leading editing programs. From adjusting the tones and colors to creating eye-catching effects, you’ll gain the skills needed to transform your images from ordinary to extraordinary.

This workshop promises to be an engaging and interactive experience. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn and improve your photography skills, but you’ll also have the chance to network and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for capturing and creating stunning visuals. The casual and friendly atmosphere encourages open discussion and fosters a sense of camaraderie among attendees. Bring your questions, ideas, and curiosity, as this workshop is intended to be a collaborative and supportive environment.

Don’t miss this chance to expand your photographic horizons and explore the captivating world of infrared photography. Reserve your spot today and join me in Wall, South Dakota for a memorable training, workshop, and networking experience that will leave you inspired and ready to push the boundaries of your creativity!

Register before Feb 15, 2024 and save $100 off the workshop fee.

The Image Doctors #178

Is a Full-Spectrum Infrared Camera Right for You?

This week, we’re back from our travels and we’re discussing full-spectrum infrared conversions. A full-spectrum conversion allows you to use your camera across a variety of infrared wavelengths, plus as a standard visible-light camera. There are pros and cons of these conversions, but we are very happy with our recent full-spectrum conversions by Kolari Vision.

Infrared Photography From Start to Finish

Master Class in Tucson, AZ Feb 23-26, 2023

Master the art of digital infrared photography with Jason Odell & Rick Walker Feb 23-26 in Tucson, AZ

Join me and Rick Walker in Tucson, Arizona for an infrared photography master class that goes far beyond the basics and teaches you the skills to truly master infrared processing. This workshop includes field photography sessions in the Tucson area, where we will photograph subjects that are ideal for infrared capture, plus in-depth classroom time to learn how to work with digital infrared images.

Learn how to create channel-swapped, and “blue sky” infrared images directly in Lightroom Classic on your digital raw files!

Rick and I have spent the last year developing a unique processing workflow for infrared digital images using only Adobe Lightroom Classic and, to a lesser extent, Adobe Photoshop. In this class, you’ll learn our secrets for processing raw infrared images exclusively in Lightroom/ACR, including channel-swapping and color infrared.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to set up ACR/Lightroom with a custom camera preset for your own infrared converted camera
  • How to adjust white balance on digital infrared images using ACR/Lightroom Classic
  • How to adjust infrared images from cameras with different spectra (590-720nm)
  • How to correct hot-spots in infrared images
  • How to perform channel-swapping directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create the “blue-sky” effect on raw digital infrared images directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create dramatic monochrome infrared images in Lightroom and using Silver Efex Pro (Nik Collection by DXO).
  • How to fix common artifacts including banding and noise
  • How to create unique creative infrared styles using plug-in software

What’s Included

  • Field and classroom instruction with a student-teacher ratio not to exceed 5:1
  • Custom camera profile for processing infrared images in ACR/Lr that is specific to your personal camera that includes our unique channel-swapping settings
  • Custom ACR/Lr presets
  • Custom Photoshop actions

Workshop Itinerary

Required Materials

  • Infrared-converted digital camera (We recommend a converted camera from LifePixel or Kolari Vision)
  • Laptop computer
  • Current (2022 or later) versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic installed
  • Nik Collection plug-ins by DXO (you can use a trial version if desired)
  • You are expected to have a fundamental understanding of editing raw photos in ACR/Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop.

Register by Nov. 1, 2022 and save $100 off your instructional fee.

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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