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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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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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