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UV and IR Photography and Post-Processing

18 January 2022

This is a video on UV and IR photography and post-processing I’ve made as part of the Project Report assessment for the first-year module, Practical Projects 2. It’s aimed at first year students on the MSc conversion course, but should be useful to anyone needing to take and post-process UV and IR photographs as part of their coursework. It’s also fully subtitled. If you have any questions, comments or issues with the video, feel free to send me an email at





It’s a long video (I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible), so here are some time stamps to help you navigate it if you’re looking for something specific:

00:00 Introduction

02:00 Uses of UV Photography

03:31 Uses of IR Photography

04:21 UV Photography- where is all the equipment?

05:32 Using the Pentax K5-II camera

08:25 What are aperture, shutter speed and ISO?

10:45 Using the UV Photography Lab Setup

11:39 Post-Processing UV photographs in Camera Raw

16:08 Introduction to IR Photography

16:22 Using the converted Nikon D5600 camera

19:26 IR Photography Lab Setup

19:47 Post-Processing IR photographs

28:52 Thank you and Credits


Reference List

Here’s the list of references I promised at the end of the video:

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Digital Goja. 2016b. NIKON D5500 TUTORIAL | Can I Shoot Raw Files with My Nikon D5500? Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

Digital Goja. 2016c. NIKON D5500 TUTORIAL | Does It Have Self Timer? Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

Douma, M. 2008. Ultraviolet (UV) light. Pigments through the Ages. Available at: [Accessed: 19 December 2021].

Emmerson, N. 2021. Conversation with S. Riby 16 November.

Emmerson, N. 2021. Email to S. Riby 20 December.

Ferrer, P.-L. 2017. Getting Started with UV Photography. Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

Lodwick, M. 2021. Introducing Photography in Archaeological Conservation. Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

Lodwick, M. 2021. Photography Post-Processing Practical.[Lecture to MSc Conservation Practice Year 1]. Cardiff University, 2 November 2021.

McGlinchey Sexton, J. 2017. Left to right: South American mask seen in normal light and UV-visible light, image, The Museums of Fine Arts, Houston, viewed 20 December 2021, <—south-american-mask.2327183828876415455.jpg>.

Pentax RICOH Imaging. 2012. Pentax SLR Digital Camera K-5 II/K-5 IIS Operating Manual. Available at: [Accessed 20 December 2021].

Peters, D. n.d. Cheatcard_85x55_300dpi_RGB_web_en_CC-BY-ND.jpg – Bilddatei in englischer Sprache, image, Fotoblog Hamburg, viewed 20 December 2021, <>.

Seifert, J. 2021. Conversation with S. Riby 3 November.

Smithsonian. n.d. Infrared Reflectography reveals underdrawing (as seen in the first image) that was not seen in the visible light (right image).[Right Image by Don Hurlbert, CSIP, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History], image, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Imaging Studio, viewed 20 December 2021, <>.

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: Infrared & Ultraviolet Imaging. n.d. Smithsonian. Available at: [Accessed: 3 December 2021].

SONY. 2019. What is the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO? Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

The Phlog Photography. 2018. Infrared image editing in Photoshop CC | QE #77. Available at: [Accessed: 20 December 2021].

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UV Photography Basic Instructions. n.d. Available at:

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Happy photographing!