Adobe Photoshop Lightroom does not handle RAW images captured with an infrared (IR) converted camera well by default. The problem lies in the white balance settings, which can be a real challenge to get right. However, you can work around this problem by creating a custom camera calibration profile using Adobe’s DNG Profile Editor software. The custom profile will let you have the necessary latitude to correct the WB setting in your IR images for further processing.
Here’s the whole process explained in a brief video that I put together:
How to create a custom camera profile for infrared images
- Step 1: Open your RAW image in Lightroom or ACR.
- Step 2: Export a copy of the RAW file in Adobe DNG format
- Step 3: Open the DNG image in the DNG Profile Editor application
- Step 4: In the “Color Matrices” tab, move the temperature slider to around -85
- Step 5: Name and export the new Camera Profile
- Step 6: Quit and re-launch Lightroom
- Step 7: Choose your new custom profile from the Camera Calibration module in Lightroom and adjust WB accordingly