The Essentials of Infrared Post Processing

Infrared photography has experienced a renaissance of the past few years, and aspect2i has been one of the forerunners teaching and celebrating this genre of photography.

The approach to infrared photography in the field is somewhat different than if you are shooting colour or intending to make straight black and white images. The same goes for the image editing stage of the infrared journey. It is simple to convert an infrared camera raw file into black and white and then set the black and white points, but the result seldom does the scene justice and begins to look rather formulaic.

The most common approach to infrared image editing is the to create an image that is stark black and white image with and high contrast with the foliage being rendered almost white and blue skies almost solid black. This is one approach that we can all adopt, but we think there is far more to explore!
Over the last eight years Paul Gallagher and Michael Pilkington have been refining and fine tuning an approach to infrared image editing that produces images and prints that often have been described as having that “dark room print” look. The starting point is often a raw file with a bluish/ reddish cast, that when converted to black and white, leaves the photographer with a vast plethora of choices.

It is these choices that we share with you on this online class and we show you how to create beautifully subtle black and white infrared images that display sumptuous mid tones, with glowing shadows and gentle highlights. We also keep the approach simple. There is no need at all to make this process over complicated in Lightroom of Photoshop, and the techniques we share allow you to steadily reveal the true potential of your files.

This this extensive two-week interactive online course is tailored to help you wherever you live and has been carefully designed to make you more confident in understanding how to best interpret your images at this critical stage and to harness the very best during that decision-making process. Using a combination of videos, online group sessions, sample images and teaching materials, we will be here to help you. Topics covered in detail are;

•    Converting infrared file into black and white

•    Managing shadows and highlights

•    Understanding the infrared histogram

•    Importance of image interpretation

•    Mastering the Adjustment Brush for localised adjustments

•    Choosing the right media for the photograph

•    Toning for Infrared

•    Using the Epson Advanced Black and White Driver


You will be provided with a number of videos and other learning material to follow at your own pace and in your own time.  The amount of time that you need to dedicate to this will down to personal preference.
The course will commence with an hour and half long group online discussion where we will set out the plan for the coming weeks and provide you with the learning materials. We will hold mid-course an hour and a half online group session to talk about progress and any possible issues with using your new skills. We will also be on hand to show you live how to deal with these issues.  Each week you will have a one hour 1 to 1 video conference with one of the leaders to review and discuss some of your images. At the end of the workshop we will once again hold an hour-long online group meeting to see how everybody has progressed and to share any difficulties encountered.   Sessions will be recorded and shared with the group as additional reference material.

Online Course

DateTue 4th Aug - Sat 15th Aug 2020

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington

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DateMon 1st Feb - Fri 12th Feb 2021

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington

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You will be provided with a series of videos and other teaching materials to follow. This material will be available to you for at least 6 months so you can continue to study and reference it well after the online course is finished.During the workshop there will be three one hour group sessions with the workshop leaders to discuss progress, problems and have demonstrations. In addition you will have a one hour 1 to 1 each week of the workshop (so two in total). All video sessions will be recorded and sent to you. Access to a closed online forum.


You will need a recent version of Photoshop CC. The purchase of a licence is not included. You will need to download and install the ZOOM video conferencing app - this should be free of charge to you.

The Essentials of Infrared Post Processing