A Different Kind of Infrared Photography Post-Processing including the Lightroom 3 preset

I like shooting infrared pictures with my Leica M8 and the B+W Infrared Filter #092 which filters out light below 650 nm. Thanks to the range-finder concept of the Leica, I can still compose and focus the picture as I'm not looking through the lens.

The first picture below shows the original RAW file I got right out of camera with the typical Infrared look.

The picture below is the result of my new post-processing method in Lightroom 3.

That Lightroom 3 preset is now available for download right


Happy Halloween everyone!

A self portrait shot with one light: Canon 580EX II in a Westcott Apollo Softbox on camera left (yeah.. where else?). Subject (me) between camera and soft box, hence the rim-light.

How to focus a self portrait:
I used a light-stand to place where I will be standing and adjusted it height to my eye-level and marked it's position with a gaffers-tape on the ground. I then focussed on the very top end of the light-stand, moved it away and too it's position.

I had a cable release in my hand - the camera was very close to me, so that was not an issue. Pressing the button on the remote triggered the shutter - done.

The teeth were a fairly easy Photoshop task - just Google for "Vampire Teeth in Photoshop" and you will find lots of tutorials on how to do it.

Any Questions/Comments - let me know.

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How to motion-blur

Shooting at night with a fast lens is so much fun. I took this photograph with the same lens I talked about yesterday - the Canon 24mm f/1.4.

I didn't have the tripod with me that night but I wanted to get a slight motion blur of the passing train. The rule of thumb I apply for motion blur is to shoot with the same shutter-speed than the moving subject is passing by in mph...hmmm - I hope you are very confused now because I would be. Here is what I mean:

I your subject moves with a speed of 20mph, you shoot it with a shutter-speed of 1/20th. You obviously need to guess the speed if you do not have a radar gun with you but that shouldn't be too hard. The train in the photograph was not driving by in full-speed but was rather breaking to stop at the station.

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 0.05s (1/20)

  • Aperture: f/2

  • ISO: 3200

  • Focal Length: 24mm

New HDR Tutorial available - Shooting in the Darkness of the Night

I just released part 2 of my HDR Tutorial - this time talking about shooting in the darkness of the night.

Besides the step-by-step process I cover topics on how to calculate the proper exposure at night for shutter speeds of 30+ seconds and I explain long exposure noise reduction and it's pro and contra.

HDR Tutorial - Part 2: Shooting in the Darkness of the Night

0 EV RAW File:

Final result: