Infrared Photography

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 Komarechka
Don KomarechkaInfrared & Macro Photographer
Don Komarechka is an award-winning nature and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Charged with emotion and beauty, Don’s photography is backed by a passion for capturing the natural world. Don’s photos convey a sense of peaceful wonder, creating curiosity and intrigue in the viewer. While much of his work is done locally, many have a national and world-wide appeal. Don has taught Nature & Landscape Photography and Macro Photography, and loves to share his passion for the visual world. “Every photo has a story – the best come from the spectacular capture of ordinary moments.”



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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?

    • Focus

    • Exposure–photo-9533

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