Infrared Photography, Part 2 – Photography with Imre – Episode 24

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Episode 24 of my photography series discusses and demonstrates infrared photography; this is part 2 of 2, which is a quick Photoshop tutorial on how to post-process such images. You’ll also want to check out my blog – – as it’s supplemented with additional information and links to sites describing this topic in detail. Hope you enjoy, remember to “Like”, and subscribe so you can stay up to date with my future videos. Follow Me on Twitter:


jane1975 says:

You might have to install the DNG camera profiler from the Adobe site as apparently Photoshop has issues with white balancing IR photos these days.

pjos111 says:

Great video. I have just bought the R72 Hoya but when I try to fix the white balance the temperature is at -2000 and the picture is still very red? Any ideas whats up? The picture does not look good…..

Brien Grayves says:

A few weeks ago, I purchased a polaroidIR 720 camera filter. For the life of me, I cannot get this right. My leaves remain a dark red color when taking landscapes. Is it that I should purchase a better filter? I’m shooting with nikon d80 and d300, with the same results. I’ve adjusted all settings front and back, still without the desired results. Please help. Both cameras are capable of capturing infrared; both tested. Please help. I have some sample photos.

XT8andTheSkyAbove says:

Having the same issue.

XT8andTheSkyAbove says:

Some reason this is not working for me. I open the RAW image, click the white balance tool and no matter what I click on, it stays red, nothing what you are showing in your video.

binarygraphite says:

Thanks for the compliment! Practice and most of all, have fun with photography and you’ll not only enjoy it, but you’ll get really good at it too. Happy shooting!

BRJxReactionzz says:

wow, your amazing, i am 13 and do photography myself, im not to good but hey theres 2 vids on channel x

binarygraphite says:

Thank you and glad to hear you love my tutorials! Also appreciate the sub! 🙂

binarygraphite says:

Thank you, glad you liked the tutorial. There are a few reasons why I’m likely getting such fast shutter speeds. For one, I was shooting in very bright conditions but I would say the main reasons is that the Olympus E-3 I’m using is quite sensitive to IR light (that is the IR blocking filter is quite weak). As for not being able to remove the red, could perhaps be that there is a severe lack of color info in the photo and that might be why the image cannot be color corrected.

Rudel23 says:

Nice tutorial! I just wonder how could you take IR pictures with 1″ or 2″ or 4″ shutter speed: in my very first IR experiences I never could use a shutter speed less than 30″! Otherwise all dark……and in post production, when you choose the custom white balance point, your picture loses all the red, my pictures (taken quickly and maybe not including suitable subjects like trees etc….) remain very, very red…..any advice? Bravo anyway!

Mark Tello says:

I love your tuts, its very detailed and helpful, helped me alot. Thanks and i subbed 🙂

IndrekValdek says:

Thank you for that tutorial, mr Imre. Thanks to you I can see that IR photography is really easy actually.
Regards, Indrek.

WG02451 says:

I have a 720 filter that I am using for my IR photos and am shooting with a Tamron lens and Canon Rebel Xsi camera. I’ve tried just about every recipe possible and my images are coming out very red – to a point where adjusting them does nothing to take the red away. I’m shooting in RAW. Any idea as to why they’re so red?

binarygraphite says:

You’re welcome and thank you for the sub!

ErikaHarm says:


I have a ir 760 filter. Is that to strong because im noticing when i shoot weather i do the white balance on the camera or in post processing my pictures comes out pretty well black and white and i am not able to do the channel mixing at all. Is it because my filter is to strong… should i get the r72? I want the freedom to make it black and white or have colour because the picture should be white with a brownish tone i have noticed but i get striaght black and white.

binarygraphite says:

Thank you! 😀

cloeus sid says:

yes!, easy to follow, makes the process seem simple, Nice one!

itsnathaaanxD says:

Hey, I have a quick question. How would I know which Infrared Filter would fit my camera? I got a Rebel Eos XT. I want to buy one, but idk. I see some for 3.40 but idk if those are good and I hear that they really cost 50-60 bucks, so I’m hesitant if its a good deal. but yeah, are all the lenses meant to deal with any camera? I don’t have to look for a specific one right?

C067142677 says:

Hi I have a quick question. There are a lot of pictures online where the trees are a nice tint of purple. That is the type of picture I am hoping to get, I was looking for a tutorial but came up short. Would you please tell me how to do that. I have a fairly good understanding of lightroom and photoshop, so any help would really go a long way

binarygraphite says:

Personally I would set the WB manually (although I just do it afterwards in PS as I shoot RAW… but I understand the exposure is easier for some to see on camera). Since the filter is quick dark, I’m not certain how well setting the WB would be with the filter on, but either way should work I suppose. And shooting IR is essentially good anytime, but with sunny days the exposure tends to be shorter, especially if your camera is not IR modified.

tresflip says:

HI again and thank you for your response.I tried again using a WB of grass. This seemed to work quite well. I do think my camera Canon 60D has a strong IR blocker as well. But it did work okay. Can I ask you, should the WB be done by taking a picture of grass with the IR filter ON so the grass is red? And is IR photography better when it is a blue sky bright sunny day? Thank you very much.

binarygraphite says:

There are a couple of things I can think of. First is what you’ve mentioned, but I think that might be unlikely (unless this was a very inexpensive “no name” brand filter which indeed is not IR). The more likely scenario is that the camera you are using has a strong IR blocking filter in front of the sensor, thus the near IR light is not captured. If possible, try the filter with another brand of camera to see how it performs with it.

tresflip says:

I really want to ask you about the effect you got. I have bought an infrared filter but the trees (green) are not white like yours. I don’t understand what I am doing wrong. Is the filter not right? I have a suspision it isn’t

binarygraphite says:

I understand what you mean and that might be case. The color green reflects brightly in near IR light frequencies hence the white we end up seeing. So if the green leaves are showing up dark, then indeed the IR blocking filter on the imaging chip must be quite strong. You could try increasing the ISO and see if that helps, but otherwise I’m not sure what else could be done aside form converting the camera or using another one, both options which are not exactly convenient.

6943cahill says:

The exposure to close to 30 sec. Great red photograph…but the leaves in the trees remained black or dark instead of a light color. Therefore the channel mixer could not switch the channels properly. The final image looks muddy and not surreal. Maybe it’s just my exposure settings? Using it in full manual mode.

binarygraphite says:

Glad you found the tutorial useful. I’m a bit surprised to hear that the Rebel doesn’t work well with IR. I’ve seen several IR photos on Flickr taken with the cam and they look quite good (not with a converted cam either). What did you notice on your images? Can you describe them?

binarygraphite says:

Do a search for “IR photos” or “infrared” on Flickr, lots of photos of this type there.

iamthe1337est says:

I loooove these photos. Where can I see more?

6943cahill says:

Great tutorial. I just got my hoya 72 filter in the mail…snapped some photos and followed this step by step only to find out that the cannon rebel t1i doesn’t work well with infared unless you convert….so close, yet so far…..

binarygraphite says:

Back when I did this video, someone suggested or asked about that and apparently it does work quite well. I wish I could have included that tip in this video, but at least there’s a mention on my blog about it.

binarygraphite says:

Thank you!

binarygraphite says:

I haven’t used that camera or lens so I can only guess. I searched on Flickr and it appears there are quite a few people using the 550D for IR photography and the images look quite good to me. As for the lens you could search the Web to see if there are any Tokina forums and ask there for opinions or perhaps just try out the lens with an IR filter and see how it performs. Most lenses are fine, but some exhibit a “hot spot” (internal reflections due to near IR light).

MrSereda1 says:

Is my camera good for taking infrared photos? I have canon 550d and lens 11-16 Tokina .

AJ00OPS says:

excellent !! well done.

MrSnapFlash says:

Normally when I would do this sort of thing I would set a custom white balance in camera through the filter onto some sunlight grass or something… sorts out red tint on scene so you can get a good look at the basic unprocessed image before editing the rest in a RAW editor… just my personal preference… for me the white balance seems to work a little better in camera for some reason.

binarygraphite says:

You’re very welcome! Happy shooting!

KCPhotography2010 says:

Dude!!! you have no idea how long i have waited to find out how to create colour infared!! i mean i love black and white infared but colour looks awesome as well thanks 🙂 so much!

binarygraphite says:

Oh no! 🙁 What you are seeing is an internal lens reflection but due to infrared light versus visible light. Some coatings on certain lenses don’t eliminate this effect and are thus prone to the artifact you are seeing. Some lenses do it, some don’t. Try using another lens if you can to see if it doesn’t exhibit this effect.

binarygraphite says:

You’re very welcome! 🙂

Michael Scorpio says:

Awesome thanks!!!

binarygraphite says:

IR photography is indeed unique and some shots can be amazing. Since you mentioned you’re interested in tilt-shift photography, I’d personally recommend either Canon or Nikon (as they have several such lenses and may be easy to find second hand to save a few bucks) entry level cams such as the Rebel class or D3100/D5100 or D7000 if it’s still in your price range. Hope that helps!

theUltinator says:

Hi Imre, I love these images and want to get involved but I have nothing. What is a good reasonably priced entry level DSLR for these types of shots? I am also interested in HDR and Tilt-Shift is there a good all-round camera to begin with?? Any help would be awesome!

drew2pac says:

hey dude, you can do it via photoshop, but Adobe RAW should open up when you try open the pic. this is the best place to do it. if it doesn’t open automatically, then right click it on bridge.

this is assuming you are shooting in raw

hikinguphigh says:

How do you get a deep blue sky or sea effect with white foliage.
Kind regards

binarygraphite says:

Mostly Adobe Premiere CS5.5 and on some occasions After Effects as well.

Alex Gonzalez says:

what editing software do you use bro?

binarygraphite says:

That’s awesome! I wish you the best with it and hope you capture some amazing shots!

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