Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More on Digital Infrared


Infrared photography is photography where one photographs the infrared part of the light spectrum which is outside the range of what we can see.

Infrared film requires loading the camera in total darkness, extensive exposure bracketing, special developing, and--at times--a bit of luck. With a digital camera, infrared filter, and a tripod, anyone can explore the near-infrared spectrum photographically with ease. The filter usually used is a Hoya R72 filter. This near black filter makes shutter times very long which requires a tripod.

On the other hand, you can have your camera converted to IR only. This camera can be hand held and if it is an SLR camera, you can use any of your lenses.

There is one digital infrared camera on the market ... The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR which retails for $1799.

This photograph was taken with a point and shoot camera and filter. I became so interested in IR that I now have a converted camera. Both require post processing in Photoshop or a similar photo editing program. There are many tutorials on the internet showing how to post process the images. One of them is :
http://www.nature-photography-central.com/Free_Photo_shop_CS_tutorial.html

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