What is infrared photography?
You've probably seen it around DA. It's generally beautiful. Things are weird colours...white grass, pink trees, black skies. The technical answer, thanks to Wikipedia, is "In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm".
You can shoot infrared photography on film or digital and there are many processing techniques for making the best of your IR shots. Rather than try to explain this myself (cause I'd do a terrible job of it), here's a selection of helpful tutorials to get you started, and you can find even more here.
Simple Guide to Infrared Photography IIInfrared Photography
In the first 'Simple Guide to Infrared Photography', MichiLauke walked us through his journey with emphasis on filters, specifically the 950nm and 720nm. In this article, I aim emphasise the different kinds of camera conversions that one can obtain, as well as 590nm and 650nm as possibilities for infrared.
1. Colour vs. Monochrome Infrared
As a new person approaching infrared, consider whether you would prefer to shoot colour infrared or monochrome infrared. This is worth consideration because the further you go along the electromagnetic spectrum (720nm, 850nm, 950nm), the less colour will be captured.
Bear in mind that any colour captured is actually 'faux colour' or 'faux infrared'. This is because infrared, as MichiLauke said, is concerned with the invisible long wave light just outside of what our eyes can see. What this means is t
Digital Infrared Equipment and OptionsInfrared Photography
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To make ‘fine’ Digital Infrared images with perfect focus, excellent depth of field, high resolution and edge to edge clarity requires at least a moderately good DSLR and a good lens, an excellent tripod, and an expensive (and sometimes hard to get) filter. Or you can have a point-and shoot or a DSLR permanently converted for infrared . .. at the cost of the camera, and then pay somewhere between $250 to $400 for the conversion. . .
There is a FREE way to get your toes in the IR water: The results will be crude and impressionistic, but they will be true infrared images. And it works with virtually any digital camera. If you have some old film negatives around, you probably have some ends of rolls that are exposed and black, visually opaque. You could go to your local film processing lab and ask them if they have any opaque, processed film, s
Digital Infrared Photography ? Very Easy!Infrared Photography
This article is an updated translation from the German Magazine Kwerfeldein from the 20th August 2011.
A few years ago, I found some very strange photos on DeviantArt which looked totally different from the usual images. Incidentally, they were popular, achieved good reviews and interesting comments. I wanted to know more...I asked gilad and MichaelMagin for some advice and began to experiment with the technique myself. I started out with great enthusiasm and my initial results were pleasing. It turned out that this extraordinary photographic technique is actually very easy to achieve!
Light waves start in the invisible short wave UV region and become visible to the human eye on the frequencies of about 385 to about 78
Lensbaby Infrared PhotographyInfrared Photography
Infrared photography is known for having a very surreal, dreamlike aesthetic. Lensbaby lenses are also known for giving photos a nice dreamy blur. So combining the two is only natural!
If you’re not familiar with infrared photography, it is photography where a special filter is used that is sensitive to infrared light. If you’re not familiar with Lensbaby lenses, they are creative effect lenses that you can bend, push and pull to give your photos a sweet spot of focus surrounded by a gradual blur.
There are two different types of infrared filters- a lens filter and an internal sensor filter. The lens filter screws onto the end of your lens. The benefit of this type of filter is that you can easily go back and forth between shooting regular photographs and infrared photographs. Because the light has to pass through the lens, a long exposure is required with this type of filter. If using a lens filter with a Lensbaby lens, you will want to use a model of
Editing of infrared photographs using PhotoshopInfrared Photography
I would like to show you my way of editing infrared photographs using Photoshop CC and the NIK plugins Viveza 2 and Silver Efex Pro 2. I started about 10 years ago with infrared photography using a Fuji S3 Pro body and two Nikon lenses. Having not been satisfied with the endless exposure times, I bought a used Nikon D70 having taken lots of infrared photographs over some years. In 2013 I decided to buy a new Nikon D90 body and had it converted to 720 nm.
My newer infrared photographs are all taken with the Nikon D90 converted to 720nm by Optik-Makario, Germany. At the moment, I am using a 18-70mm and an 18-200mm lens by Nikon. I have used other lenses such as a 50mm, 105mm and even a 85mm Petzval lens too. Using anything other than the 18-70 and 18-200mm lenses make things a bit more complicated because I have to use the camera's liveview.
Now let's talk about how I edit an Infrared photograph...
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Editing IR: Glow EffectInfrared Photography
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I prepared a simple workflow or tutorial of the way I preparing my IR shots. Within this tutorial several tools e.g. Photoshop and Nikon Capture NX2 are used to convert the IR image. Nevertheless, it should be no problem to portable the ideas to other RAW editors and photo editors. The workflow does not depend on the here used tools. This time I wanna present an enhancement of editing infrared photos. This effect results from a time when IR images were made analog with high speed IR film. Infrared shots at this time often had an energy glow, partially caused by film halation. Within this workflow I wanna show you how to build and enhance your IR shot. Furthermore, the here used values for channel swap, etc. are examples of given values. By using these, the converted file includes the look that you wish to show, in my case the yellow looking style. C
What does IR photography look like?
DA has a small but active infrared photography community and you can find some inspirational art and artists at r72, a group for IR photos. Whether you're an experienced infrared photographer, just starting out or simply want to feast your eyes on other people's stunning creations, it's definitely a great group to watch. Here's a selection from their gallery...