The Essentials of Infrared Post Processing
This book is the accumulation of hundreds of hours of exploration by two photographers, Paul Gallagher and Michael Pilkington. The first part of their journey was understanding what subjects work using the medium of infrared and which didn’t and the second part, and arguably the largest part, was remapping the approach to processing infrared raw files to get the results they wanted.
First impressions offer little to instill enthusiasm but as the potential tonality of the file emerges from gentle and considered adjustment, the results are breathtaking. Careful consideration must be made from the outset and soon it becomes apparent why this is so important.
"Often what is presented to us as infrared landscape photography is a rather harsh version of what it can become. A dish with lashings of contrast and crudely seasoned."
The aim of this book is not to introduce you to a complex world of Photoshop and Lightroom, but distill techniques into consumable and simple approaches so that your mind can be focused on how your image is evolving rather than grappling with menus and dialogue boxes!
The art of subtle, expressive infrared, is to think of a photograph that is speaking to you softly. That way, you will create something that will communicate to you, and without shouting, it will be recognised. Both global and carefully selected image editing can harness this wonderfully. This book is an in depth, step by step guide to achieving this approach whilst maintaining simple techniques.
"Sometimes it is healthy to move in another direction with your photography, push open doors and explore a new beginning."