Thursday, July 31, 2008
Digital Infrared Photography
How to use software to creatively enhance
If you don't have an extra camera that can be converted, but have a film camera around, you can shoot infrared film, scan it and still take advantage of these ideas for the digital darkroom. Infrared images look creative and artistic because some of the reality is erased from the scene. Removing the color is the first step in removing the reality. Then comes the real fun: Green foliage turns white, making it look as though it's covered with a thin coat of snow or ice.
Play around with filters in Photoshop or Elements (www.adobe.com), or with plug-ins, Blending Modes, Adjustment Layers and Actions, to get even more creative options. Add a digital frame, as I did here using a Brush frame from onOne Software's PhotoFrame Pro 3 (www.ononesoftware.com), and your pictures look even more artistic.
The creative possibilities available using the digital darkroom are endless. Let's take a quick look at how you can enhance and take control of your IR images. The opening picture for this column illustrates the result of the following five steps.
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