Discovering the Infrared Experience

Since I got my Panasonic Lumix G6 converted to infrared capture I’ve been feeling the same kind of euphoria that everyone who has their first IR experience feels—even though I’ve been experimenting with IR capture since the 1970’s using Kodak’s color and black & white infrared film.

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Here’s what happens: You run around taking pictures of everything and stuff that looks mundane in color or even black & white looks so different—Mary calls it “dreamy” when looking at images that my friend Mark Toal and I shot at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

In a previous post (Depth-of-Field & Portraiture) I featured an environmental portrait shot that I show using  color infrared. It’s a different look, one that some may like, while others may not. In Best Subjects for Infrared Photography. I show an another example of an infrared portrait, again in color. But if you make the image in black & white the look is different, such as in this photograph that was cut (by the publisher and not by me) from my book “Available Light Glamour Photography,which is now available in a Kindle edition for just for bucks less than a real book.  Due to the general unpredictability of all infrared photography, not all IR portraits turn our this well (at least I think  so) but why not try. But no matter what happens I promise that you will have fun.

Tips: If you want to save a few bucks when converting your camera to infrared, use the coupon code “farace” when ordering a conversion from LifePixel.

Author: Joe Farace

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