Digital Infrared Photography
How to use software to creatively enhance
MORE CREATIVE ENHANCEMENTS
Following are a few more ideas on how you can take control—and have fun—with your IR images.
Step 7: Beautiful Black-And-White IR. Here's the result of removing all the saturation from the image. If you follow this technique and your image looks flat, make a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and boost the contrast just a bit.
Step 8: Have Fun With Digital Filters. Adding a digital filter to an IR image can make it look even more artistic. Here, I used the Note Paper filter (Filter > Sketch > Note Paper) with the color blue set as the Foreground Color in the Color Picture. Keep in mind that the Foreground Color determines the color tone of this and other filters-even when working on an RGB file.
Step 9: Play With Plug-Ins. Experiment with plug-ins. Here, I used the Midnight Sepia filter from Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter set (www.niksoftware.com).
Straight Color Image. Although this picture wasn't taken from the same angle as my IR photograph, it shows the same scene in full color. As my IR image illustrates, with an IR-only camera and a little bit of Photoshop help, a rather ordinary scene can be transformed into a more creative image.
So if you feel as though your photography needs a creative jump-start, give IR photography a try. After shooting IR for a while, you'll begin to "see" your world in IR—that is, you'll see the end result in your mind. How cool!