EDIT THE SHOT

Digital Photograper - - Shooting Skills -

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OPEN RAW FILE Open the RAW file in Adobe Cam­era Raw. You will al­ready be able to see the in­frared ef­fect clearly. Lens Corrections are then ap­plied and the Auto tab checked. Af­ter this, the im­age should be opened in Pho­to­shop.

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CON­VERT TO BLACK AND WHITE If you don’t want to keep the false colour, con­vert the im­age to B&W. You could use Sil­ver Efex Pro, or, as here, Pho­to­shop – Im­age>Ad­just­ments>Black & White. The Red Fil­ter op­tion was also se­lected in this in­stance.

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COR­RECT CON­VERG­ING VER­TI­CALS The sides of the cas­tle are con­verg­ing. To cor­rect this con­ver­gence go to Se­lect>All, then Edit>Trans­form>Dis­tort and pull the top cor­ners of the im­age up and out as shown. View>Show>Grid can help.

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MAKE AD­JUST­MENTS If the im­age isn’t quite punchy enough, boost con­trast us­ing Lev­els or Curves. In this case, Auto Curves did the job. Also, clone out any sen­sor blem­ishes and dis­tract­ing fea­tures, such as stray blades of grass.

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ADD DIF­FUSE GLOW To en­hance the in­frared ef­fect, try adding some Dif­fuse Glow to the im­age. Cre­ate a du­pli­cate layer – Layer>Du­pli­cate Layer – then go to Fil­ter>Fil­ter Gallery and se­lect Dif­fuse Glow. The de­fault set­tings are fine.

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AD­JUST OPAC­ITY The Dif­fuse Glow added to the im­age here is far too strong, but all you have to do is ad­just the opac­ity of the du­pli­cate layer un­til you are happy with the ef­fect – in this par­tic­u­lar case, an opac­ity of 35% did the trick.

BE­FORE RightRED ALERT IT TAKES JUST A FEW BA­SIC EDIT­ING STEPS TO TURN THE ORIG­I­NAL RAW FILE INTO THE FI­NAL STRIK­ING IN­FRARED IM­AGE

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