Four Good Reasons to Use a Tripod
Dec06

Four Good Reasons to Use a Tripod

A properly designed tripod provides better image sharpness than is possible when shooting at hand-held speeds. The average person can hand hold a camera at a shutter speed equal to the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens used. When in doubt, many photographers increase that shutter speed. In this day of mage stabilized and vibration reduction lenses as well as the anti-shake capabilities that’s built into camera bodies,...

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Creating Infrared Images in Color
Nov23

Creating Infrared Images in Color

You can add color to your infrared photographs at time of capture or later in the digital darkroom. The easiest way is in-camera. Many cameras that offer a built-in black and white mode including a sepia mode, so you can tone as you shoot. You can also add color using the toning filters found in Pixel Genius’ PhotoKit. If you like to tinker you can create the same effects using adjustments layers for Hue Saturation, Levels, Brightness...

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Wordy Wednesday #236 “Infrared Caboose”
Nov16

Wordy Wednesday #236 “Infrared Caboose”

I made the above photograph at the Colorado Railroad Museum while shooting with my friend Mark Toal. The Colorado Railroad Museum is a non-profit railroad museum. The museum is located on 15 acres at a point where Clear Creek flows between North and South Table Mountains in Golden, Colorado. The museum was established in 1959 to preserve a record of Colorado’s flamboyant railroad era, particularly the state’s pioneering...

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Why I’m Not an Equipment Snob
Sep29

Why I’m Not an Equipment Snob

I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating for any new readers to this blog: I am not employed, under contract, or personally sponsored by any camera, photographic or any other kind of company. The ads that you see on the right-hand side are from companies I know and trust and all income from them goes to pay the cost of producing this blog and does not affect what I write. The cameras and lenses that are used to make...

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Focusing Can Be A Problem with Infrared or Not
Sep26

Focusing Can Be A Problem with Infrared or Not

Chromatic aberration is the  effect produced by the refraction of different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation through slightly different angles, resulting in a failure to focus. It causes colored fringes in the images produced by uncorrected lenses. You may be surprised (or not) to learn that when passing through a lens light waves of different color and wavelengths don’t focus on the same plane. Much like light through a...

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Not-So-Pseudo Infrared Color Photography
Sep22

Not-So-Pseudo Infrared Color Photography

If you’ve been reading any my posts about Infrared photography, you know that know that the SOOC image files shot with filters or an IR-converted camera can produce highly magenta images that have to be converted to black and white to get the look you want—or do you? (If you missed some of the posts, start here.) That kind of effect may well be true when shooting in a highly intense IR filled environment, such at high Noon on a really...

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Wordy Wednesday #227 “Mary in Infrared”
Sep14

Wordy Wednesday #227 “Mary in Infrared”

If your digital camera is not IR sensitive there are other options than using filters for shooting infrared, including converting your camera into an IR-only digicam. After modification your camera becomes a dedicated infrared camera and you will not be able to shoot conventional images again. The cost to retrofit the camera is not inexpensive and the camera only records reflected IR radiation; so it’s not a thermal camera in case you...

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