This document explains how to create black and white (B&W) or false color infrared (IR) images. It is assumed you have a basic understanding of Photoshop and raw file processing. The following topics are covered:
- Raw or JPEG? Whether it's better to shoot Raw or JPEG images.
- Infrared Filters. What filter to use and what camera to buy.
- ACR/LR. Settings and processing hints for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Lightroom (LR).
- Photoshop. How to postprocess infrared images in Photoshop.
- Custom Profile. How to create a custom profile for Raw development.
Workflow consists of shooting an IR image in Raw format, developing the image in either ACR or LR, and exporting it to Photoshop for final processing. Minimum requirements:
- A prosumer or mirrorless camera, configured for IR, that can take Raw images.
- A 64-bit OS, either Mac or PC, loaded with any version of Photoshop.
- A version of Photoshop or Lightroom that supports your camera's Raw files.
Prosumer or mirrorless cameras are recommended since you can preview the scene in IR on your LCD or EVF. A 64-bit OS is required by the Adobe DNG Profile editor used to create a custom profile. Photoshop is required to swap the red and blue channels. Basic adjustments can be made in either ACR or LR and the results passed to Photoshop for the channel swap.