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 sunny day, but what happens when that isn’t the case? The image below is the result and to tell you the truth, I kind of like the look when it was shot in the North-facing kitchen of my former home with soft disuse light.


I photographed Tia Stoneman using a Canon digital SLR that was converted to digital IR operation by LifePixel. Exposure was 1/13 sec at f/16 and ISO 400. It may not be crisp because of the slow (and handheld) shutter speed but the colors you see were unmanipulated and just as the file came off the memory card. Tia’s hair is sort of auburn color that translated via infrared into a very cool blue.

This is just another way to create a color infrared image in camera. If there is any message here, it’s that you should always experiment! Don’t take what anybody, including me, says as the absolute truth about infrared photography—or any other kind for that matter—unless you try it yourself first. There are too many variables in digital IR capture for it to “be my way or the highway.”

If you’re interested in infrared photography, I’ve found that LifePixel does a good job of IR conversions. By using coupon code: Farace-IR, you can get $50 OFF the Priority Processing Upgrade

You can see another image from this shoot on the back cover of my book The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography. The book is currently out of print but you can get an affordable used copy or not-so-affordable new copies of the book from

Author: Joe Farace

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