Lightroom/Camera Raw: White balance for IR photography

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White balance for IR photography.

While somewhat "niche", it is annoying that Adobe products don't support a more expanded white balance that would include IR images.  Even with a custom white balance set in camera, Adobe products don't support the more extreme white balances required for IR photography.  Having to import RAW files into Nikon Capture NX-D and then convert them to TIFF before importing into LR is not optimal from either storage or workflow perspectives.  Please consider a fix to this.
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That is aggravating for sure.

I use the following work around.

https://youtu.be/ke8If0LXWQ0
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> it is annoying that Adobe products don't support a more expanded white balance that would include IR images.

they do - RFTM how to handle WB for IR @ http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/photoshop/pdfs/cs6/DNGProfile_EditorDocumen...
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The solution is to use a custom DNG profile for white balance as outlined in the article DP HOME has posted in this thread. 
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Doesn't work anymore with the newer CC versions. What to do now? The DNG profile editor always throws the error "cannot complete operation" and even with a workaround (converting DNG to lowest version) eventually saves broken profile files.
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If you're using an Adobe DNG Profile installer downloaded prior to January 2018 it may be causing your issue.  At the below link the installer has been updated. Yes, it still says September 2012, but it has been updated with the new installer. Give it a try!

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html

DNG Profile Editor (September 2012)

The DNG Profile Editor is a free software utility for creating or editing camera profiles.

Read more (PDF, 3.93 MB)
Download:  MacWin





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Thank you very much for the suggestions!

At first, the new version also had some problems with the DNG images I loaded (still "cannot complete operation"). But then I tried this:

I downloaded the "DNG converter" and set my Camera (a Pentax K-5) to save Pentax PEF files (instead of DNG, those didn't work either). I set the converter to save the PEF as the lowest DNG version possible and loaded it into the DNG profile editor. It worked! No more program errors.

Also, the profile has been recognized by Camera Raw and now I am able to work on IR photos again!
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Glad you finally got it to work! I have reported the issue to Adobe Engineering, but at least for now you have a workaround.

You may also find it helpful to use the new Enhanced camera profile tools. This allows applying settings inside the camera profile. In the case of IR images you can set WB to 2000 Temp, which will be applied in addition to the manual WB setting in the Basic panel. You can also add other settings as well. Below is the download link with instructions and an example on creating Enhanced Camera profiles.

http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/lightroom/profile-sdk/ACR_and_Lightroom_Profile_SDK.zip