I’ve done some infrared photography using a filter (not a dedicated camera), with my old Nikon D70. Its an excellent camera for this kind of infrared, but its old and unreliable. Its giving me all sorts of error messages. It also doesn’t produce the biggest bestest files, like my Nikon D810. So, while I’ve read that the 810 isn’t recommended using the infrared filter, I tried it yesterday anyways in preparation for a shoot this next week where I’d like to do some infrared. I found it can produce interesting results. While not as distinctive as the D70, because you don’t get the super white leaves and black skies, it still does do something that enhances a normal black and white of the same scene. This image of my backyard is a good case in point. The original unprocessed IR image is shown, as is the final processed version. Click to enlarge images.
The processing was done as follows. Better results would probably have happened with a raw file, but since this was just an experiment I used a jpg file.
All processing was done in Photoshop and Camera Raw, and followed what I normally would do with my D70 images.
in Photoshop, used Image/autotone
In Camara raw I set auto white balance, then using the HSL sliders, desaturated the purples and magentas, and increased saturation in the reds
Back in Photoshop I swapped the blue and red channels in the channel mixer. That didn’t do what I wanted or normally get with the D70 images so I used the B&W IR preset, which seemed to do the trick.
I then when to Nik Color Effects and added a slight tonal contrast filter, and then glamour glow. IR images frequently have a nice glow to them, so I thought this did approximate that.
Finally back in photoshop I did some selective dodging and burning.
I tried something new (for me) on this shot. I set my Nikon D810 to a two second delay (tripod), to then to multiple exposure mode…10 exposures. The idea was to simulate what I’d get by using an ND filter to blur the water. I thought the effect was interesting. I didn’t get the same sort of blur I’d get with an ND filter, but rather more texture in the water…almost “bumpy”. The image was processed with NIK software to improve contrast (Pro Contrast filter), and add a Sunlight filter effect. Buy the way, the river really was yellow against the white snow due to minerals in the water. Click to enlarge.
I’m not a flower/macro shooter… not that there is anything wrong with that…so when confronted with the “opportunity” to shoot flowers and close-ups recently I resorted to playing around with camera features and settings that I rarely use, but have since resolved to include in my regular photography.
Ok, so you get real close to a flower and take its picture. You can blur the background as a way of emphasizing the flower itself..using a wider aperture, or you can stop down and try to get as much in focus as possible… or there is another option, which I’ve rarely used, but works real well. That is focus stacking. I took a number of images using focus stacking at this outing. In both these cases I started by focusing on the element closest to me, then took a series of five pictures progressively focusing further back in the scene. In these cases five images seem to do the trick.
I am frequently in a rush when I’m out shooting landscapes. Don’t ask me why…just seems when I get home, I always say to myself, “self, this would have come out a lot better if I’d taken more time thinking and less time clicking.” I’ve known and used focus stacking in landscapes before, but rarely, because its one of those things I don’t think about! Its not hard to do…just do it.
The second technique I tried at this outing was to use the multi-exposure setting on my D810. I’ve never used it before, so I thought I’d attempt a few “abstracts” using a series of shots on the same exposure. They came out interesting…also not hard to do, but probably not the best use of multi-exposure. Up until now I couldn’t figure out exactly what I’d use multi-exposure for, but as I write this it occurs to me that it might be fun to try taking as series of images with the camera in a set position and having a subject, such as a skateboarder, move through the scene. I’ve gotta try this!