Some of the Reasons I Like Infrared Photography
Oct19

Some of the Reasons I Like Infrared Photography

I received an e-mail from a reader asking “Why do you do infrared photography, when regular photography is already so hard? Here’s my answer to her and it has to do with how most photographers go through three distinct  phases when they’re learning their image making skills: The First Stage occurs immediately after they get their first “good” camera and discover the photography’s potential as a medium for expression...

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Getting Inside an Infrared Conversion
Oct03

Getting Inside an Infrared Conversion

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”—Maureen O’Hara A digital camera’s sensor typically sees light in wavelengths from approximately 350 to 1,000 nanometers. A nanometer (nm) is a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter. Your eyes can see a range of light from approximately 400 to 700 nanometers. Most digital cameras place a low pass filter in front of the sensor to lets low frequency light...

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Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses
Sep29

Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses

“I think a lot of the time these days people are so concerned about having the right camera and the right lenses and all the special effects that go along with it that they’re missing the key element.”—Herb Ritts Distagon is the name that Zeiss gives to its wide-angle lenses that have a retrofocus design. Short focal lenses are typically composed of glass elements whose shapes are symmetrical in front of and behind...

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What is a Wratten Filter?
Sep14

What is a Wratten Filter?

“When you are a photographer, you work all the time, because your eye is the first camera.”— Patrick Demarchelier Many times, colored filters are often referred to by their Wratten numbers. The Wratten system was originally developed in 1909 by the English firm of Wratten & Wainwright when they published a bookThe Photography Of Coloured Objects. Established in the 1877, the company primarily made photographic plate...

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Photography: Weather or Not
Sep05

Photography: Weather or Not

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”—John Ruskin The real adventure of photography is being passionate about creating images that reflect your view of the world, not the repetition of someone else’s ideas. To produce great images, you’ll sometimes have to brave the elements. Are you ready to...

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Learning More about Enhanced Infrared
Aug28

Learning More about Enhanced Infrared

“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.” ― Joe Abercrombie In my post “Setting White Balance for IR Photography” I suggested that you “Shoot in Monochrome mode. No white balance needed, after all, everything is right there on your LCD.” As I’ve gained more experience in working with a Panasonic Lumix G6 converted to infrared (by...

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Getting Started with Infrared Photography
Aug14

Getting Started with Infrared Photography

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” – Ansel Adams Shooting in infrared transforms mundane subject matter into something more interesting and exotic. It adds drama to landscape photography while letting you to shoot during the middle of the day because the best time of day for infrared photography is the worst time for traditional photography. Is your camera infrared...

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