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Infrared Photography October Update

Published over 2 years ago • 1 min read

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Lightroom Infrared Color Swap Profiles

Last year, I shared my workflow for infrared color swapping in Lightroom Classic. This workflow allows you to completely edit infrared images in any version of Lightroom, without a roundtrip to Photoshop. Even if you prefer to edit in Photoshop, this makes it possible to preview large numbers of images in Lightroom, saving time culling before you edit. Since it's introduction, I've been tweaking, testing, and refining each of the components, including Infrared Profiles, Photoshop Actions, LUTs, and even color space. You can follow my instructions for creating your own color swap profiles or you can order them specifically for your camera.

Watch the Lightroom Infrared Color Swap video to learn more

Order Lightroom Infrared Color Swap Profiles for your camera

Create your own color swap profiles

590nm Sample Images

Here are examples of the six different color swap methods applied to a 590nm infrared image. View samples for 720nm and 550nm.

Hue
Invert
Red/Blue swap
Red/Blue swap and Green to Blue
Red/Blue swap and Green to Red
Red/Blue swap and Green split to Blue and Red

The Orange Filter, 550nm Infrared Filter

In this video, I take a look at the “orange” filter, 515nm to 560nm filters that pass near-infrared, red, orange, yellow, and some green light, while blocking blue, purple, and violet. I’ll addresses custom white balancing the 550nm filter on grass, color swapping, and how it compares with a 590nm filter. If you like highly saturated colors, be sure to check this out!

Used Infrared Gear from KEH

I've purchased a number of infrared filters and lenses from KEH. Here is a selection of currently available used infrared gear.

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Rob Shea

Infrared Photography

Rob wrote the book on infrared photography, the definitive guide for photographers new to and experienced with infrared photography. Improve your photography with tutorials, photo shooting and editing guides, tips, tricks, raw editor reviews, and product reviews. Free downloads to help you to process infrared images. New techniques to simplify the complex editing workflow for color infrared images in Adobe Lightroom. Sign up for my newsletter! You can see the prior newsletters below.

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