Dynamic range is a way of describing the range of brightness values your digital camera (or film) can faithfully record. Newer cameras, especially the ones from Nikon and Sony, have sensors that deliver as many as 14 stops of dynamic range. The trick, however, is how to extract that information when processing your shots.
If you use Adobe Lightroom, the Camera Profile (under the Camera Calibration Panel) will dictate the starting point for dynamic range. If you use the manufacturer’s RAW converter, then the as-shot settings (e.g., Nikon Picture Control) is applied by default. The in-camera settings set the contrast (tone curve) and color for how your images are processed. By using a low-contrast setting, you’ll be able to expand the dynamic range of your shot. Continue reading Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)→
I really like the Dehaze effect; it’s similar to clarity but the contrast adjustment isn’t quite as intense. You can also use it in the negative direction to create the appearance of fog/haze. It’s a tool that is particularly well-suited for enhancing night sky images of the Milky Way.
Adobe has also modified the Import dialog in LR, something I will investigate shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the new features. Note: the Dehaze feature is only available in Lightroom CC 2015 and will not appear in Lightroom 6.
Join me online next weekend as I teach digital infrared processing using Lightroom & Photoshop. Digital infrared photography is more accessible than ever, and it is a great way of exploring the world in a different light. In this class, I’ll teach you how you can create a variety of different looks with your digital infrared files using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Plug-ins.
When: Saturday, February 21st 12-2pm Mountain Time (2-4pm Eastern) Where: Online (GoToMeeting) webinar
Choosing an infrared conversion filter type
Setting White Balance in Lightroom/ACR via a custom camera calibration
RAW adjustments in Lightroom/ACR
Black and White Conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2
Red-Blue Channel Swap (blue sky) technique in Photoshop and via Plug-ins
Working with super-color IR files to create a variety of styles
All participants will receive a printable PDF copy of the class materials.
Yesterday, Nikon released the final version of Capture NX-D, a free program that is essentially an OEM version of Silkypix. Although Capture NX2 still appears for sale on Nikon USA’s site, it’s unclear as to the way forward.
You can have a lot of creative fun with a digital infrared camera. Converting an old camera to infrared is a great way to breathe new life into that camera. I recently purchased a used Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless camera to use as an infrared body. I chose this camera as a compact complement to my Fujifilm X-T1, which has become my primary travel camera due to its small size and excellent image quality. I don’t want to carry multiple systems in the field, so I figured the X-E1 should do the trick (and it does). I’ll have more on that in another post. The toughest decision about infrared conversion, is choosing the conversion type. Depending on your style of shooting and subject matter, you can choose from a range of conversions, including standard, enhanced color, super color, deep black, and even full-spectrum (UV through IR range). Each of these conversions has its own merits, but most people will probably want to use either standard (720nm) or super-color (590nm) for infrared work. Continue reading Digital Infrared: One Camera, Multiple Looks→