Ep. 39: Review of darktable 3.8 for Infrared Image Editing

darktable 3.8 Video Review

The new darktable version 3.8 is released and of course we have a look at the new features from an infrared post-processing point of view. Generally this version offers a lot of improvements and some very exciting new modules. I will not discuss all the new features but only those that are relevant for IR photography. All details and features are explained on the website (also with the latest manual by the way).

A big thank you to all developers and people involved!

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Infrared in Portrait, Street and Architecture Photography

Potsdam-Babelsberg - Klaus D. Fahlbusch

An article by Klaus D. Fahlbusch

I experimented with infrared films (ORWO, later Konica) back in the days of analogue negative film. Certain experiences from that time, for example the angle of sunlight to the desired effect, are still valid today. For me, only the use in black and white photography is interesting, for which I have tried out several cameras.

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Calendar Wild Rügen 2022

The calendar "Wild Rügen 2022" shows the nature of Germany's largest island in very special light. From the chalk coast on the Baltic Sea to the meadows and forests of the central island to the special natural areas on the Bodden coast, the calendar takes you through the year. Special natural areas, natural spectacles and small details of the island are captured on 12 varied calendar pages. The calendar is printed on 100 % recycled paper.

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Ep. 38: Lübeck in Infrared: BW using only red channel

Ep. 38: Lübeck in Infrarot - SW nur mit Rotkanal - 700 nm

Normally, a good white balance is necessary even for a black and white infrared image. However, this always introduces noise into the image. With older cameras, which are quite noise prone, there is a little trick. You can use only one color channel of the image to create a black and white image. Of course, the red channel is the best choice because it is the brightest. How you can do this with darktable is shown in this video. Many thanks to Markus Weigel for providing the photo from Lübeck!

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Ep. 37: Pond Rose Basin in Infrared - Colokey with 700 nm Filter

Ep. 37: Pond Rose Basin in Infrared - Colokey Image editing with 700 nm Filter

A Colorkey infrared processing, meaning blue sky and monochrome landscape, simply never loses its charm. This processing is possible with any Infrared filter that allows color processing. The Colorkey processing itself is done very fast and uncomplicated with darktable. Many thanks to Marion Reibetanz for providing the photo from the Cologne Vorgebirgspark!

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Ep. 36: Safiental in Infrared - Black and White Image Processing with 700 nm Filter

Ep. 36: Safiental in 700 nm Infrarot - Schwarz-Weiß Bildbearbeitung mit darktable

With the 700 nm filter you can take both black and white and color infrared images. But you can also use the color information to have maximum control over a black and white image. How to do this with darktable is shown in this tutorial. Many thanks to Gion-Andri Derungs for this beautiful alpine scenario from the Safiental in Switzerland!

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Free Infrared Beginner Tutorial 2021

Hammershus Bornholm in Infrared

If you're thinking about getting into Infrared Photography, but are unsure or unclear about some aspects, you can watch this free tutorial here. The 1.5 hour webinar was recorded at the end of July and takes you from A to Z through all the important aspects of infrared photography. Starting with camera conversion options, filter selection, infrared hotspots and basic infrared editing. This Tutorial is only available in german language, though.

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Ep. 35: Cochem in Infrared - Image Processing with only a JPEG File

Ep. 35: Cochem in Infrarot - Bildbearbeitung mit nur einer JPEG Datei

Infrared photos are usually taken in RAW files. However, if you accidentally set the camera to JPEG, you can still make something out of the image with such a file - provided that you have a good white balance in camera. What is possible and what is not you will learn in this tutorial with a 700 nm infrared filter. Thanks to Jürgen Meierdirks for sending the photo from Cochem in Rehinland Pfalz!

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