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Unique Architectural Photography for You

Updated: Sep 13

Do you want a unique look for a portrait of your office building? You might consider infrared.


Because real infrared film is somewhat of an antique process, it's not commonly used and would catch the eye of the viewer and stop them in their tracks.


I played with infrared in college 20+ years ago, but it's difficult to find and process the film, and the film has to stay cold, so it's a pain to handle. However, I know how to create a similar look in Adobe Photoshop.


On the day that I photographed The Ashley Condominium, there was a storm coming, so the lighting on the building looked flat and dull. However, the blue sky and green palm trees meant it would look great as an infrared.


Infrared film sees a spectrum of light that is invisible to us; where sunlight is hitting your subject, your subject will appear to have a faint, ethereal glow, especially trees and people. Blue sky, however, can turn dark.


I brightened the green of the palm trees and the center column of the building to imitate the effects of sunlight on foliage and bright spots, darkened the blue sky as it would be in an infrared, and added a black and white adjustment layer on top. The dark blues and bright greens showed in the black and white tones of the adjustment layer. I then enhanced the highlights and shadows through levels and dodge and burn on the Ashley, giving this portrait of the Ashley an infrared-inspired look.


The original photograph of the Ashley Condominium is compared side by side with the infrared version.
Ashley Condominium Infrared


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