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Directions   Featured in Digital Darkroom #012
I used Photoshop to create IR-effect.
© Olga Gabay
Sony Cyber-shot DS...
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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    Pretty, Olga!! I would love to learn how to create the infrared effect with PS. Was it difficult? I used IR film in the past and it was a blast.

3/15/2004 11:40:31 AM

Paula Lechten

member since: 10/23/2003

Very beautiful effect and composition.

3/15/2004 11:42:26 AM

Cathy Barrows
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member since: 4/13/2003

Very interesting look. How did you create the IR effect?

3/15/2004 11:42:39 AM

Anthony M. Aicardi

member since: 3/3/2004

Very nice. I shoot IR as well. Both film, and digital. There is one digital camera I have found well suited to do this. It is the Nikon Coopix-990. The camera has to be modified to do this. Once done, the camera sees "only" IR. Needless to say this would not be your only camera. I will be happy to share the modifications if you like. Again, nice shot.

3/15/2004 12:46:17 PM

Olga Gabay

member since: 2/27/2004

Thank you all! Well, making this effect is very simple.

Just open your color image in "Channel mixer" (Image - Ajustments), check "monochrome," and change all RGB settings. Blue channel must me very low (from aprox. -50% to -120%), Red and Green -20%. Click OK, remove the noise (with Smart Blur or Quantum Mechanic Pro plug-in, for example), and colorize the image a little bit in green tone. I also used dodge and burn tools to emphasize clouds and flowers. ... I also want to note that I added artificial grain in this picture, but it is not necessary.

3/15/2004 1:53:03 PM

Olga Gabay

member since: 2/27/2004

I also want to note that I added artifical grain in this picture, but it is not necessary.

3/15/2004 1:56:36 PM

Susana Matos
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member since: 5/27/2003

thanks to digital darkroom I found this photo, that I LOVE!!!! You have here a perfect IR photo, with the man on its bycicle, the plane in the sky, the pathway and the trees... this is GORGEOUS!
Im sure well see this again!! And thank you for the tips, I wrote them down to try!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

3/18/2004 12:19:34 AM

She-She Killough

member since: 6/26/2003

Beautiful Olga! I was always told you had to use a deep red filter? Did you use a filter? Thanks for letting us know how you did it. That's awesome. I can't wait to try it. I used to shoot IR film but since digital I haven't done much in IR. And I have missed it.
Much Thanks Sheesh

3/18/2004 9:19:47 AM

Olga Gabay

member since: 2/27/2004

  Directions (original image)
Directions (original image)
This is just an illustration for the discussion in Digital Darkroom -
© Olga Gabay
Sony Cyber-shot DS...
Thank you Susana and She-She K.!

I didn't use any filters, probably I left polarizer on my camera, but I'm not sure.
OK, I can show the original image here (resized). Here I made five basic steps:

1) Underexposuring (-0.7 EV)
2) Adding the plane from a previous shot (It realy was there, but a little earlier, then the men on the bycicle)
3) Creating IR-effect
4) Using dodge and burn tools
5) Adding noise

That's all. Very easy and no original filters :)

3/18/2004 9:43:22 AM

bob cornelison
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member since: 6/9/2003

Thanks for sharing how you did this! I immediatly went to work on one of my shots and here is my finished product.

3/19/2004 11:01:54 AM

bob cornelison
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member since: 6/9/2003

Where did it go? I didn't enter it into the contest because I have to wait till tomorrow to do that but I thought it would show up here. Oh well, it will be entered tomorrow.

3/19/2004 11:38:53 AM

Susannah Robbins

member since: 5/5/2005

How do you add digital noise (make it look grainier?)

5/7/2005 6:23:45 PM

Olga  Gabay

member since: 5/14/2005

2 Susannah R:
I added it in Photoshop. Filters --> Texture --> Grain

5/14/2005 3:46:28 PM

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