False Infrared Lightroom Presets
I’ve always been intrigued by the otherworldly character of near-infrared black & white landscapes—black skies and water, stark clouds and white vegetation. However, since I mostly do general photography, I couldn’t justify the expense of a camera conversion (which was more expensive than the market price of my backup Nikon D80), nor the long exposures and compromised focus accuracy associated with using a nearly opaque IR filter.
So I did the next best thing: create a RAW processing preset. Since the color data in a RAW file is still intact (unlike, say, in a JPG image), the latitude for image manipulation possible is much greater and allows for wild tonal deviations from the original shot.
Knowing the characteristics I wanted to emulate, I set out to create a preset that performs the following adjustments:
Sets the treatment to black & white
Boosts the green and yellow in the black & white mix to maximum, to turn foliage white
Cuts the aqua and blue to minimum, to turn skies and water black
Adds moderate noise reduction to compensate for processing noise
Faux Infrared Lightroom 3.3 Presets (.zip | 4kb)