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Old 21-06-2014, 18:19   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I couldn't really figure out where to put this...

Basically I've been given a IR Filter, I don't know anything about IR Photography except I love most of the IR Images I've seen... It's a IR720 if that means anything?

I've taken some images of trees (cause apparently they work well) and the image comes out really red, then I've searched on google where to go from there and seen some youtube videos and basically in their videos the image then goes right and the trees look white and all fantasy-ish - whereas mine just go dark black and grey, which is something I could do myself without the filter if I just took a standard image and boosted the blacks

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Old 21-06-2014, 18:36   #2 (permalink)
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Had to remove your link Liam as the maximum size for displaying imgages on Pixalo is under 300kb file size and no longer than 1024 pixels on the longest side. Try re-posting a smaller version.

Can't help you with the IR issues, but there are a few members here who can.

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Old 21-06-2014, 20:32   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Liam

Not seeing the image I can't be sure, but I'm guessing it is going to be because you have not set a Custom White Balance for taking the infrared shot.

With the IR 720 filter you will need to find some green grass in sunlight. Pop your IR filter on. Take the grass with the camera using Auto White Balance.

Then set you Custom White Balance using that shot in the menu. Set the Cameras White Balance to Custom and then take your Infra Red shots with the filter on.

When viewing the IR shot on the screen it should look much less red with that set.

Remember to switch back to a Auto WB or whatever you normally use when shooting without the IR filter.

Also for the IR - Don't use Adobe Camera raw to process the images - it does not work with the IR white balance (they go red) Use Canon Digital Professional to convert your raw to JPEG or TIFF ( software that came with camera - as that works) Then process from the JPEG in you normal editor.


Info on conversion and effect in this thread.
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Also I normally recommend LifePixel for info
Digital Infrared Photography Primer - LifePixel Digital Infrared Photography IR Conversion, Modification & Scratched Sensor Repair
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Liam, I recommend that you look at the techniques section of my website on IR. I did initially try using a red filter but it has so many disadvantages, I had my spare camera converted to IR.

As you will see from my website, there is no problem using Adobe raw/Lightroom, you just need to use a bespoke profile created using Adobe Labs DNG Profile Editor. I do not even need to do anything as PS/LR automatically applies this profile when the images are imported so you get neutral images rather than red images.

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Hi sparrow, Does your camera focus with your filter on? If it does you may take your white balance that way. I have an older Oly that has a flip up LCD and will focus with the filter on the end of the lens. You only need a blurred white balance picture with your filter on to set it, making sure to set white balance to custom.
I have used everything on my pictures but stick with Adobe Raw and a Camera calibration. You only need with experience slight changes to get your colors you like. Once you have your custom balance look at what you shoot and take notes. Remember what you like, there are reflective and non reflective surfaces to take note of that add to your interest in the picture. It is a fun journey and everytime I hear the boy's above me I get excited as I have learned from all of them. Have fun
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Has more or less been said to you, as for preset WB try the blue sky to for an alternative to
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