Infrared image processing:
Photos are shot with a custom white balance in camera RAW in a three frame exposure bracket (-1, 0, +1) for each shot at ISO 200 in aperture priority mode.
In Adobe Camera Raw I adjust Recovery, Fill Light and Clarity levels before opening in Photoshop. After the image is in Photoshop, I do a Red/Blue Channel swap and then a levels adjustment – for most images, this is all they need – for others, I do a lot more using adjustment layers and masking.
After I am finished with adjustment and sizing, I flatten the image and save as a JPEG. Each JPEG is then sharpened using USM at about 95%.
Remember, no amount of equipment or post processing will compensate for a bad shot – therefore, think before you shoot.
Let me know how you work (I’m always interested in how others shoot)
Shooting in abandoned buildings is dangerous and is not for the faint-hearted. I always let someone know where I will be and what time to expect me back to check in. I wear heavy boots and clothes (even in the heat of summer). In addition, I use a half-mask P100 respirator, full-finger climbing gloves and a military-surplus Kevlar vest. I always operate with the mind-set: “If in doubt, don’t”.
Nikon D800 (FX)
Nikon D80 (DX)
Nikon D100 – Life Pixel modified Infrared body (Standard IR filter)
16 – 35mm f4 Nikkor (VR)
24 – 85mm f3.5/4.5 Nikkor (VR)
60mm f2.8 Macro AF Nikkor
85mm f1.4 AiS Nikkor
180mm f2.8 AiS Nikkor
12 – 24mm f4 G DX Nikkor
18 – 55mm f3.5/5.6 DX Nikkor
55 – 200mm f 4-5.6 DX Nikkor (VR)
Digital (Point and Shoot):
Nikon Coolpix P2
Graflex Speed Graphic
Post Processing Software:
Adobe Photoshop® v6
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