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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Infrared Photography in the Movies
Sep09

Infrared Photography in the Movies

Whenever I’m asked to do a presentation about infrared photography to photographic organizations  I always kick it off with a questions that I was once asked — A reader once e-mailed asking “Why do you do infrared photography, when regular photography is already so hard?” I wrote a post responding to that question and you can see my full answer here. The short answer, for me anyway, is because it’s fun. Sure it’s a bit more...

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Wordy Wednesday #225 “Fujifilm IS-1: Infrared in Aspen”
Aug31

Wordy Wednesday #225 “Fujifilm IS-1: Infrared in Aspen”

You might remember this… The nine-megapixel (count’em) Fujifilm IS-1 used Fujifilm’s Super CCD HR sensor and Real Photo Processor, delivering IS0 1600. The camera’s 28-300mm (equivalent) lens incorporated aspherical elements to minimize distortion and aberrations. Fuji claimed “Image quality in the IS-1 has been enhanced through improvements to its processing algorithms” and to tell the truth it had pretty good image...

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Wordy Wednesday #224 “Stormy Weather: Infrared”
Aug24

Wordy Wednesday #224 “Stormy Weather: Infrared”

While you may not think you an shoot in digital infrared on a stormy day, this shot shows the results when you do. I’m not a scientist but I guess the deciduous trees have stored enough chlorophyll to reflect on this shot made with a Canon EOS 50D converted to infrared-only capture by Life Pixel. Lens was a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens at 42mm. Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/10 and ISO 800. I opened the RAW file in Adobe Photoshop,...

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Wordy Wednesday #223 “RAW Color to Monochrome IR”
Aug17

Wordy Wednesday #223 “RAW Color to Monochrome IR”

Most of my (and anybody else’s) infrared images are a departure from reality. But last winter when I went for a chilly walk around a frozen Bingham Lake, I ended up making some images that had a nighttime feel to them. The image was shot with a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (at 12mm) and a Panasonic Lumix G5 that was converted to infrared capture by LifePixel using their Standard IR option. The photograph was captured...

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