How to Edit Infrared Photos in Lightroom

How to Edit Infrared Photos in Lightroom

welcome to this infrared processing
tutorial in the previous video I taught you guys how to use the DNG profile
editor to create a profile in Lightroom or Camera Raw so you can edit your
photos and then this one I’m going to show you how to process your image once
you’ve done those three things now here’s one image I was a I edited myself
and we’re going to take this photo right here and make it look more like this so
first step we have Lightroom opened already your photo would look something
like this don’t worry as you can see we can make
it any more cooler it’s still really red but luckily we already made a new
profile that the Dng editor so I’m going to go down to camera calibration go to
profile and you should see your new newly made profiles on selected now our
image is really blue no problem what we have to do now is to open this in
Photoshop now if you’re using only Photoshop you’re probably editing this
with Adobe camera so kudos to you editing Adobe Photoshop now some of you might
not have Photoshop maybe you only have Lightroom and that’s okay
luckily a few weeks back or months actually Adobe released free versions of
Adobe cs2 so all you have to do is go to the Adobe website login are the
downloads go to Adobe Creative Suite cs2 oh yeah you got aaccept first find your
language and you are able to download all of these Adobe products for free now
this is an old version of Photoshop Adobe cs2 but luckily you only need the
channel mixer so once we have our image open to image adjustments channel mixer
and this is where the magic happens we are going to mess with the red and
the blue channels so you see red you’re going to swap it with the blue so we’re
gonna put 0 for red 100 for blue then we’re gonna go to the blue channel we’re
going to swap the blue with red so 100 red zero
for blue now you have a choice you can continue editing in Adobe Photoshop is
all up to you for example image adjustments you can go
to hue and saturation and this is where I would release your hand
no I can’t teach you what to do from here you have to be the creative one you
have to decide what kind of colors you want in your infrared picture but here
we have a lot of oranges so I’m gonna go to the Reds and I’m gonna mess around
with saturation the lighting or the hue so I feel like still kind of pink too
saturated though increase so he’s gonna got a tinker around with this and find
what you like all right so I’m gonna cancel that image adjustments
hue/saturation it’s mess with the yellows instead
so yeah this part you have to figure out on your own you gotta play around with
it find out what you like alright but as for me I prefer to work
in Lightroom so we’re gonna save this why we say that maybe it should be open
in Lightroom here we are so I’m gonna show you what I like to do
first I want to set white to the foliage of the leaves now I like to go to the HSL
panel right here or if you prefer the color blocks it’s all up to you it’s the
oranges because they were orange to begin with and change the hue a little
bit that saturation make it a little bit more pink and I want it kind of bright
so now it looks more like this now it’s important to keep in mind when you shoot
infrared and you start editing you’re going to lose contrast fast so you might
want to crank up the contrast a little crush the blacks a little bit more maybe
you reduce the highlights so like I said this is all up to you however you want
to make your photo look kind of like that so this is just one example of what
you can do you can get really crazy with colors but I like to keep them pretty
pretty relevant pretty steady so we’re gonna change the blues a little bit more
I think I like the hue right there so lower luminance so yes this is just a
quick edit to show you what you can do with infrared let’s do another photo so
we’re gonna go find one of these pictures all right let’s do this one you
can go to develop once again camera calibration right now it’s set to Adobe
standard I’m gonna go to my infrared profile looking good editing in
Photoshop you might have to export file and open it in Photoshop if you don’t
have bridge that’s fine image adjustments channel mixer switch swap
the colors and we have something like this now
personally I like to take the white balance off of the clouds it’s not
always the case there go and here we have a lot of orange I think I like it
kind of pink though so we’re gonna make this orange look kind of pinkish move
the hue all the way you look strange but trust me on this we’re gonna lower the
saturation and we have a nice pink hue all right now it is looking really flat
so like I said when you know when you edit infrared photos you lose a lot of
contrast crank up some contrasts you reduce the highlights some whites it’s
looking a little bit better still a little bit too much contrast over here
so I can say you gotta play around how you like your photos to look and actually I
don’t want the sky to look like that I want to make a little bit more a little
bit more natural if you can say that’s natural and always infrared photo okay
so that looks all right so this just for demonstration purposes you can do
anything you will anything you wish really and yeah I hope you guys enjoy
this infrared tutorial and yeah thank you for watching and if you like these
tutorials please subscribe to me really helps out and check out my Instagram
because I often post infrared photos that’s kind of my thing so thank you
have a nice day you

11 thoughts on “How to Edit Infrared Photos in Lightroom

  • March 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Don't name this how to edit IR in Lightroom if part of the editing will take place in Photoshop. Many people, including myself, don't have Photoshop

  • April 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Great video, thanks for sharing!!

  • May 2, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Awesome Tutorial!

  • September 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    You sir, are a star! This is by far the most helpful video I've come across for IR photography so far. Thank you very very much!! (Liked/subbed).

  • November 21, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Perfect! Thank you so much!

  • January 4, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    how do you make the image go blue at the beginning? what dng profile did you use?

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  • March 4, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Finally someone who makes sense of it. I have been shooting infrared on converted cameras for years but have not edited the pictures. Thank you.

  • March 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

    fantastic video

    what camera did you use for the pictures? I mean the wavelength? the nanometerthing

  • April 17, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I don't think Photoshop CS2 is free. It's a replacement with an updated installer for people who have paid for a CS2 license. While it's easy to download and install from their site, it's still piracy if you haven't paid for it.


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