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Journal Entry: Wed Nov 25, 2015, 12:56 PM
Selling my 2016 infrared calendars (color/b&w) worldwide for 35$/€.
Last year I shipped several to the US, Mexico, Brasil, Great Britain, France, Germany…


:star: IR Calendar 2016 Color by vw1956 :star: IR Calendar BW 2016 by vw1956 :star:


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Infrared Photography

I would like to show you my way of editing infrared photographs using Photoshop CC and the NIK plugins Viveza 2 and Silver Efex Pro 2. I started about 10 years ago with infrared photography using a Fuji S3 Pro body and two Nikon lenses. Having not been satisfied with the endless exposure times, I bought a used Nikon D70 having taken lots of infrared photographs over some years. In 2013 I decided to buy a new Nikon D90 body and had it converted to 720 nm.
My newer infrared photographs are all taken with the Nikon D90 converted to 720nm by Optik-Makario, Germany. At the moment, I am using a 18-70mm and an 18-200mm lens by Nikon. I have used other lenses such as a 50mm, 105mm and even a 85mm Petzval lens too. Using anything other than the 18-70 and 18-200mm lenses make things a bit more complicated because I have to use the camera's liveview.
 Now let's talk about how I edit an Infrared photograph...
 Below is the original photograph from my camera using a custom white-balance on green grass:

07Juni2015 059 30 by vw1956

As you can see, it doesn't look very appealing. Usually I would duplicate the background layer and rename it. In the below example I called it Basics:

01 LayerUp1 by vw1956

My first step to editing this new layer is to adjust the levels:

02 Levels1a by vw1956

Usually I play with Auto Tone and Auto Color but in this case, adjusting the Levels worked better. In many cases Auto Tone and Auto Color tend to over-expose photographs.

02 Levels2 by vw1956

Here I used the function Auto making some fine adjustments afterwards:

02 Levels3 by vw1956

Here's the result of the basic operation (Levels):

02 Levels4 by vw1956

The next step is usually swapping the color channels (Red and Blue) by using the Channel Mixer. You can find this under File/Adjustments/Channel Mixer:

03 Cm1 by vw1956

I set the value of Red (Output Channel: Red) from +100 to 0 and the value of Blue from 0 to +100:

03 Cm2 by vw1956

Next step is to set the value of Red (Output Channel: Blue) from 0 to +100 and the value of Blue from +100 to 0:

03 Cm3 by vw1956

Below are the results of swapping the blue and red channel...

03 Cm4 by vw1956

To save time (I'm a lazy guy) I made a preset called IR700... Note: I am not always swapping channels. For instance when editing infrared portraits I am experimenting with my adjustments. It's possible to do this step later aswell.

After the first and basic steps of editing I always create a new layer called RAW by duplicating the Basics layer and renaming it:

04 CMResult by vw1956

The Camera Raw Filter is a very powerful editor for all kind of photographs even if you do not take your photos in RAW:

04 RAW01a by vw1956

This is how the Camera Raw Filter opens:

04 Raw021 by vw1956

You've got a lot of possibilities in editing with Camera RAW. I adjusted the Contrast, Highlights, Clarity and Vibrance! Be careful with the Clarity as it can cause quite bad noise in the sky.

04 Raw03 by vw1956

IR fotos tend to be noisy... To reduce/minimize this noise I am using the Noise Reduction function in Camera Raw:

04 Raw04 by vw1956

As you can see it's great for sharpening and in my opinion lots better than the sharpening filters provided by Photoshop! Now you can do some more editing on a photo by using Hue/Saturation, and you can add a frame etc. I recommend creating a new layer for every new step or using the Adjustment Layer function because it is non-destructive. You can also use the Smart Object function of Photoshop on all filters as Sharpen or Blur. Using Smart Objects You are able to change your settings if you are not satisfied even after having resized a photo!

After the last step using the Camera RAW I usually continue my editing with the NIK Collection (No, I am not paid to say this!) In this case I decided to make some more edits with Viveza 2:

05 Viveza 01 by vw1956

The Viveza plugin is a real powerful tool with the standard editing options such as Brightness, Contrast, Saturation etc.
The great advantage of this tool is the possibility to add so called "Control Points" providing the same features as Viveza.
Adding a Control Point means you can vary the diameter of its effect meaning you have the possibility to edit Brightness, Contrast, Saturation etc. within this Control Point. I did some basic settings within Viveza adding some of these points to cause dramatic changes on my photo:

05 Viveza 03 by vw1956

In the above screenshot You can see an example of a Control Point. Viveza creates its own, new layer:

05 Viveza 04 by vw1956

After finishing my edits within Viveza I usually create a new layer in B/W using another plugin called Silver Efex Pro 2. First I have a b/w-/toned photograph. In the the second place I get an extra layer for my way of editing infrared photographs:

06 Silver 01 by vw1956

My first adjustments are adding some Contrast, Structure and the red Color Filter. Silver Efex provides the great Control Points as Vivieza does too. Here you can see my settings and some Control Points to darken the sky:

06 Silver 02 by vw1956

The following screenshot shows the result and a new layer created by Silver Efex:

06 Silver 04 by vw1956

In the next step I changed the layer's Blending Mode from Normal to Luminosity with an Opacity of 86%:

06 Silver 05 by vw1956

In the following step I added a new Adjustment Layer above the Viveza layer and then changed Hue/Saturation of the Viveza layer increasing the saturation (Layer/New Adjustment Layer/Hue/Saturation):

Screenshot - 18 06 by vw1956

Screenshot - 16 06 003 by vw1956

After adding a border, my photo looks like this:

Screenshot - 18 06 002 by vw1956

Thank you very much for the patience and time taken to read this article. I hope some of you were able to learn a little bit.
Any questions?

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I am just planning my new infrared photo calendar. Color or BW? 

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richardldixon Featured By Owner 3 hours ago   Photographer
thank you so much for all the faves :)

vw1956 Featured By Owner 59 minutes ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :lol:
Raulzito2112 Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for the fave. =)
vw1956 Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! It´s been a while...
Raulzito2112 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. How are you doing?
vw1956 Featured By Owner 59 minutes ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Everything´s fine! Thanks :)
tahirlazim Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Thank you for the fav! :) (Smile) 
vw1956 Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You´re welcome! :)
timnaas Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Hello, Thanks for the +fav
vw1956 Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You´re welcome! :)
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