Simulating Infrared photography in Lightroom

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Color, the way we see it, is only a portion of the light spectrum. Stretching from violet to deep red it captures wavelengths from around 380nm – 750nm. Shorter wavelengths become Ultraviolet and longer wavelengths are Infrared (IR). In regards to infrared photography particularly, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. Remember, these extremities of light cannot be seen with the naked eye.

The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near infrared to distinguish it from far infrared, which is in the department of thermal imaging. So obviously for conventional photography this can be unfavourable, and because of this manufacturers equip their sensors with UV and infrared filters, to protect against them. However, for creative practises infrared light can produce some really cool effects.

Back in the day infrared photography was a tricky business… Infrared film was challenging to handle, easily fogged in daylight and the results were super unpredictable. But thanks to our latest release +PS EFFECTS 04 (IR Simulation for Lightroom), the process is now much easier.

Are you ready to give our killer 10 IR BW presets a whirl? They come in 3 strengths. We’re really excited to see your amazing results!

Before and after samples:

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Shanna June

Shanna June

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