A topic I have wanted to cover a long time is Infrared Photography, thankfully Don was able to returned and walk us through it.
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Don is currently at the midpoint (52 days) of a project to photograph snowflakes. This is the third day in a row that Don has taken a unique snowflake for 100 days in a row.
Don’s inspiration is trying something new. We now have the topic of Infrared Photography.
What is Infrared Photography?
Near Infrared, the red spectrum that humans can see to just below what we can see. However a camera can capture these photos through either a filter or camera modification.
Do I need to convert my camera? or use a filter?
Camera manufactures place a special filter in front of the sensor to block infrared rays. You can place a filter in front of the lens to allow infrared light in, however, you will probably take 30+ second exposures. You will not be able to see through the viewfinder. You need to use a tripod, compose the shot and then place the filter in front of the lens to get a shot.
When is the best time of the day to shoot IR?
When the sun is up high with few clouds
How do you set up the white balance?
Automatic WB will make the shot look red. To see the WB point at a patch of grass to set the Custom WB. This will show a more accurate rendition of the scene for infrared,
Can all cameras capture IR with a filter or be converted?
Best cameras are dSLR with Live View. Using a company such as Life Pixel – will remove filter from the front of the sensor and place a infrared filter.
Filter choices – Standard / Enhanced.
ho do you recommend for the conversion? – Life Pixel
How do you edit IR images?
Lightroom – not very effective for infrared photography. Color Temperature hardwired to only go to 2000 Kelvin
Utilize calibration – Red / Green / Blue
Utilize DNG Profile editor – you can go to negative 100
Utilize Photoshop to swap photo channel to create blue skies
IR has the ability to cut through haze and display the sky in much more detail than a normal image.
Infrared behaves very different than what we are used to
Are there different types of IR filters or conversions?
Any challenges using a IR filter?
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