Rob Shea Photography

Using Subtractive Color to Enhance Infrared Photos

Comparison of infrared images before and after using subtractive color
Comparison of infrared images before and after using subtractive color

In this video, I’ll show you how to make the primary colors pop in your color infrared photography by using a technique called Subtractive Color. This can be achieved using the Color Balance or Split Toning tools in any image editor. I’ll demonstrate the process in Lightroom, Photoshop, Darktable, and RawTherapee. Darktable is particularly impressive, with a Color Balance picker that automatically performs color correction.

Comparison of infrared images before and after using subtractive color
Comparison of infrared images before and after using subtractive color

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