Funny you should ask…………
At least once a week I get ask what type of Infrared conversion do I suggest.
My answer is usually ” I suggest the Super Color conversion, it’s the most popular”
The response is almost always “Why Super Color?”
I then explain why I like the Super Color conversion the best and try to give specific examples.
So, I thought I would write a Blog today to illustrate my opinion.
Please keep in mind this is just my opinion. I like the Super Color conversion.
If you like another type of conversion or nm rating for your IR, guess what? Neither of us is wrong.
This is strictly a subjective thing.
I’ve shot with pretty much every type of Infrared conversion. Everything from the Super Blue to the Deep Black & White. I like them all.
Then why Super Color?
Flexibility, plain and simple.
My camera is just a computer with a lens. It saves information; the image in a computer file.
A Super Color conversion gives me the most information.
I have more options with a Super Color Raw file than any other conversion.
Let’s take a look.
Here is a RAW file of an IR image made in the Great Smoky Mountains at Cades Cove.
This was made with a Canon 7DMKII, with a Super Color conversion.
What I get with most with My Super Color images is 4 color tones. Red, Yellow, Blue and Cyan.
Depending on the location and exposure sometimes the Yellow and Cyan tones are more subtle.
I have found that when I shoot Infrared at a nanometer rating higher than that of a Super Color conversion, I lose Yellow and Red right away.
If you have a Super Color camera, the easiest way to check this is to open and image in Photoshop, Select Image, Adjustments, Hue/Saturation.
Once the Hue/Saturation box is open, select the color list and pick one of the colors.
Then move the Lightness settings all the way to the right. If you have that color tone in your image you will see a change.
Like I said earlier, depending on the conditions, and the exposure, the Yellow and Red tones maybe be subtle.
Once I’ve conducted a second White Balance and made the adjustments to my RAW file, I can convert the image and work it in Photoshop.
We now have foliage with a Red and Yellow tone, and the clear parts of the sky have a Blue and Cyan tone.
Make a few adjustments, and this is the image.
If the foliage this color is not to your liking, you can adjust each of the 4 color tones to make whatever you like.
Umm,… You can’t do that with a Deep Black &White IR image.
If you are in the mood for a classic Black & White Infrared image, you can create it from a Super color capture.
Technically, because you are recording the data for 4 color tones, you will have different levels of grey and black when you convert a Super Color image.
And, how about Sepia? Kinda a mixture of color and B&W.
They both work well. These images were converted to Black & White and Sepia using NIK Silver Efex Pro2.
So, with one Infrared converted camera, a Super Color conversion, I can go in whatever direction I want with my Infrared digital art.
Now I think you’ll see why this is my choice.
So, . . . what do you think?