Digital Infrared Photography

A Personal Workflow

Clive R. Haynes FRPS

Example 2:  Kerry Farmstesd.   I begin by illustrating the final image.


Camera & settings:

Sony A6300 IR converted

ISO 800: 18-200mm lens at 18mm: f10 at 1/125th sec.

This was taken on a dull and very cloudy day after a spell of rain.  I knew the scene had plenty of potential.  Here was a romantic-looking Irish farmstead complete with old cart, timeworn buildings, a track to add the sense of 'journey' and a fine tree full of character.  However there were some elements which needed editing, such as the TV aerial and annoying small grey rectangle by the shed. 

I was also aware the image would require initial tonal control in Lightroom before using the power of Photoshop to remove the unwanted elements.  This image provides a good example to show how on a dull day light can be managed within a scene to give some apparent 'sunshine' and reveal the detail of threatening clouds.

Stage 1: Lightroom
My workflow begins with the RAW file Lightroom.

Above: The image plus areas for improvement

In Lightroom the adjustments followed this sequence: 

'Remove chromatic aberration',  

Convert to B&W and remove any easy obvious spots (dust on sensor and minor objects). 

Global adjustments were: Highlights reduced considerably, Sharpen to 70 with Masking at 26.  Dehaze was set to +29 to add some bite to the contrast.

A Gradient Filter was placed over the sky area and Dehaze adjusted to reveal out cloud detail.

Workflow continued.........

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