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Post Processing IR Photo's by NightSheep Post Processing IR Photo's by NightSheep
Since I have been telling (about) the same story to other people, I decided to make this very quick tutorial as a quick reference guide of how your photo should look like after each steps.

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I can't believe this Quick & Dirty tutorial receives more hits then any of my other photo's in this gallery. I guess I write better then I take photo's -_-.

Anyway, it made me to decide to expand this tutorial a bit. Let me know how you like the result.


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Added the Post Processing Section...


--- Nota bene!!
The example photo's were NOT taken with an IR filter. Instead, I have modified my camera so that I can use lower shutter times. If you are using an IR filter, you need to use longer shutter times up to seconds!!

The colors you get and the post processing steps should be the same though!

Good luck!
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magick2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
thanks, now I know, what I did wrong :)
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NML-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info. :D
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have browsed your gallery, and I highly doubt you need this info. But you are ofcourse very welcome ;)
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NML-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I always like to brush up on my photography knowledge, and learn from anywhere I can. Thanks again. :)
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MaliciousMarine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Great tut..thank you.
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Randomguyisme Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Photographer
This tutotial is very helpful however I can't get the white balance to work properly all changeing it seems to do is change the colour of the tint :( Is there anyway of makeing the tinted image look good during post processing?
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
"White balance" is not the same as changing the tint. It's more like: "Tell me which point should be white, and I will recalculate all colors so it matches the differences between 'white', and the point that should be white". Yes, it is sometimes hard to get it correct due to various reasons.

But like you said, "all it seems to do is the change of the colours of the tint". With other words, you could change the tint of your image to get better results in post processing!

Let's say you find your image too red, then you can simply lower the red's in your photo (by adding a Color Balance layer over your photo).

See if that helps?
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Randomguyisme Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Photographer
Adding a color balance layer in Photoshop doesn't really help, all I am able to do with it is to change the colour of the tint some more. :P

[link] this is what changing the white balance did. it didn't seem to make any of the photos anymore white :( just changed the tint.

I was just wondering if there was anyway of editing these images to make them look like other IR images I have seen, like your example, but all I can do with these images is to make them black and white like this [link]

I will keep experimenting with the white balance to see if I can get the photos to comeout how i want, but if it doesnt work I will just have to make do with makeing them black and white :)
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah... i have found that in Photoshop, the correct way to set the white balance is using the "Curve" layer. (Sorry, I have been working with lightroom for a few years now, so I forgot most of the photoshop things already I did).

Anyway, add a "Curves" layer so you can adjust the curve. On the left (Photoshop CS5) you will see 3 color pickers. The last one is the one for setting the so called white point. That is what you need.

Now select this picker and selects in the picture the leave which is the most white. When clicking on it, Photoshop will try to recalculate the curve to make the selected point really white. If you accidentally clicked on something really dark, you will see that your photo will turn over lighted.

To answer your second answer: Yes, I have seen scripts for photoshop and lightroom for this. But I have never used it since I was not really convinced of the result.

Good luck!
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Randomguyisme Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Photographer
ahh thanks :D I have never used curves before and had no idea what it did. I did a quick test and I was able to make something sort of alright, but I think will have to take some better IR pictures to experiment with.

Thanks for the help :)
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear. Good luck from here!
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girl-from-Gaia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Thanx for the tutorial, it helps a lot!

[link]
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kattyz90 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks heaps for this! just bought my first IR filter, totally wanna learn how to use it. this type of photography is amazing!
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NightSheep Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very very welcome. Good luck!
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JadedShard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you so much for creating this! I just got an IR filter and was trying to find something online to explain how to use it properly but could find nothing. Thankfully I checked on DA and saw this. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW. Thank you again for creating this. :heart:
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome. Glad to hear it makes sense now. Send me a note once you have some wonderful IR to show? :D
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taorio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
thanks for this info!
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DemonOfThorns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
How did you modify your camera for IR?
and do you have some comparison photos of IR photos taken with the filter and IR photos with modified camera?
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parochena Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr Nightsheep! You've inspired me to do this for my second project on my course! ;D I just need to figure it out etc.. hhaaha! :heart:
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Miss Paulie... why are you calling me "Mr"? I feel so old now . . .
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parochena Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I'm sorryyyy!! It's habit hehe! ^_^
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your habit is making people feeling old? Wow! :wow:
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parochena Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noooooo!!! calling people mister :giggle:
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So... what course are you enrolled to?
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parochena Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photography hehe! I'm doing black and white portraits for my first project and then I was thinking about IR landscapes for my second...(coz they look so damn cool!) :D
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooh! Why do you live so far away? I would have loved to join your course!
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leetut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
awesome guide image that bro, now im looking for an IR filter!
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safeye Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
I'm on the slippery road to more IR awe all because of your tutorial. Wouldn't have been able to figure out the post-processing otherwise. Much love!

Test shot:
[link]
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha, nice to know that even Flickr people found my tutorial. Unfortunately, your photo was too private to view (at least, that was what flickr told me). But i am sure it looked beautiful :D
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Nefarious069 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I just got my IR filter and now I have the"know how" to use it. :D
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Now you only need to gain experience. Happy shooting :boogie:
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Nefarious069 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I will be working on that. :D Thanks
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reksakawula Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks for the tutorial, i've got question, when i take a grass picture for the custom WB, do i need to use the filter on, or just take a normal shot? thanks
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You will need to do that WITH the filter on. Because you would want the camera to whitebalance the ir image... not the normal image without the filter.
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reksakawula Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :D, i'll try it tommorow, i just got my filter, this week, and failed to take a white tree,that's from the wrong WB i guess ? hehe, thank you so much for the info
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yep... that's is the reason. And if you are using a regular camera where a regular UV filter is installed IN the camera, you can only do long exposure photography with IR. Because:

1.) Yes, your IR filter let only IR through
2.) But, your UV filter blocks most of the IR.

See the contradiction here?

But if you open the shutter long enough, then your sensor will be exposed enough for a beautiful photo :D
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reksakawula Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you so much for the advice :D:D:D
i've taken some shot using the filter today, and the WB works :D
btw, is it true by using IR filter shot long exposure will damage the sensor?
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, taking long exposure night photo's would "damage" it more then since all light is let through (incl. IR). While when using IR filter, only IR is let through.

I even dare to say that given the same amount of exposure time, when shooting the sun (don't do it... really don't) without IR filter it would fry your sensor and with IR filter your sensor might survive :D

So it's nonsense -_-
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reksakawula Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you for the advice, it's really helpful :D:D:D:D:D:D:D i'll start experimenting :D:D:D:D:D
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well... GOOD LUCK :boogie:
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Shelagnoa Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I've wanted to do IR photography for ages! I had no idea that the post-processing is like this though, so your tuturial is very helpful. Thank you for sharing it! :bulletblue:
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome... :bow:
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SensibleGurus Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
This is a great cheat sheet, off to find a r90 filter now :)
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lady-mephista Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hei there question: I own a nikon 40D and I've tried to set my white balance, choose a photo taken with my IR filter as a reference but when I take photo after it they still come red :/
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's normal. Look at my first photo upper left. But if it's dark red, then it simply means it was not well exposed enough. So you should set a longer exposure time.

By the way... I love the Canon 40D! (and I love mine :D)
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lady-mephista Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
well I need to learn this then, really want to try IR photos :)

canon is great but I like my nikon :p
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL.

Well... i was told that IR photo's should be made with a Nikon. But I forgot the reason though... it had something to do with the hot mirror (which is actually blocking the IR light)
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lady-mephista Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah...I've heard something too about that but this not easy lol
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
If it was so easy, IR photo's wouldn't be so amazing right? :D
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lady-mephista Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
it is true :)
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