Re: Digital infrared pictures

Jim Dillon
Glad my post was a little helpful! A basic question you might have is whether the infrared image taken with a camera sensor converted to infrared is "better" than a color image converted to an infrared image with software. I am, for sure, no infrared B&W expert, but having worked with a number of plain B&W conversions reach the conclusion that the quality of the conversion is largely image specific. Based on this experience, I believe that software conversion can yield really nice infrared B&W images with certain images. On the other hand, converted sensors can yield beautiful images that the default settings of the software would totally botch. This might happen with an image of a green forest that is in a shadow of some sort. A normal software default conversion might not detect the subdued tonalities of the forest, while a camera converted sensor could. This is nicely illustrated in Tony Sweet's book "Fine Art Digital Nature Photography".

As suggested in my OP, I would download a trial version of the software mentioned (your choice) and see if it (and the GUI) meets your needs. Keep in mind that the preset is just a starting point to fine-tuning your infrared image. Additionally, post-processing your color image to boost the saturation, brightness, and contrast of the reds and greens will likely yield better infrared conversions.

As an aside, I am reasonably familiar with all the software mentioned in my OP. While Nik's SEP2 has been the "gold-standard", Topaz Lab's B&W Effects is equally capable (IMOH) and far, far less expensive. Disclosure: I have no affiliation with any of these companies.

Good luck in your endeavours.


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