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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 :)
NML-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info. :D
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 ;)
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. :)
MaliciousMarine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Great tut..thank you.
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?
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?
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 :)
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!
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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