More IR

Playing around with IR again.  Still having some issues trying to get the post processing right.  It certainly does make great black and whites.  I found for these images taken on a vintage Nikon D70 as jpg’s (I somehow didn’t have it set to raw!!!), my post processing was pretty simple.

No processing in Lightroom

Photoshop – Autotone

Photoshop – Image/Black and White

Levels adjustment

One thing I did that I rarely do is add a lighter vignette to one image instead of darkening the edges.  I thought it improved the etherial quality of the IR scene.

Conclusion of this test Vs. my D810 camera yesterday: I actually like the results of the D810 better, even if it took more post processing work.

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Infrared with a Nikon D810

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.

Processed File

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.

  1. in Photoshop, used Image/autotone
  2. In Camara raw I set auto white balance, then using the HSL sliders, desaturated the purples and magentas, and increased saturation in the reds
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Finally back in photoshop I did some selective dodging and burning.

 

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Trying something new

     There is always something different to try in photography.  I purchased a Hoya Infrared filter and got busy trying to figure out how to take interesting IR images.  I’ve got an old Nikon D70, that works (sort of, except when its not working), and I had read that the D70 was suitable for IR photography.  My two newer cameras, the D7000, and D810, were not supposed to be as good.

I’ve taken quite a few pictures over the past week with all three cameras, and can confirm that the D70 is a lot better using the Filter than either the D810 or D7000.  The two newer cameras aren’t complete busts with the filter, and I still feel that if I can figure out the Post Processing with those two cameras, they may be good.  The D70, on the other hand, works great.  Here are some images with the D70.

My post processing with the D70 is not too complicated;

1) Import into Lightroom

2) Lens correction, and then White balance using the dropper, clicking on what should be green, like grass or tree leaves.  Auto white balance is usually ok also.

3) Into Photoshop, and then

4) Auto tone (Image/Auto Tone)

5) Then reverse the Red and Blue channels by using the Image/Adjustments/Channel Mixer

6) Back to Adobe Camera Raw, and Auto White balance again, then desaturate the reds.oranges, and magentas in ACR, HSL.  I’ll frequently also go way down on the highlights slider, to bring back some detail in the white areas.

7) Done…except for maybe some dodging and burning.

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