Travel Photography in Infrared

The scope and style of travel photography is constantly changing. Once it was enough to just be someplace interesting and make a nice photograph, then you needed to be able to deliver that image in color, and now you should also be able to capture an impression of that place.

I’d like to add another tool to your travel toolkit— infrared photography. There’s nothing new about black & white travel photography but adding an infrared option lets you capture some of your next travel images using invisible light. Infrared images capture part of the invisible spectrum allowing you to creating otherworldly looking images.


The garden of historic San Felipe de Neri church in the town square in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico is a pleasant place to visit but takes on a whole different loo when captured in Infrared using a Canon EOS Rebel Xti that was converted to IR-only capture by LifePixel.

jardin.acapulcoWhen shooting IR images you need to forget everything you know about the best time of day to capture images. To give foliage that famed infrared glow you need to shoot at time of day when there’s more sun on the scene; this puts you shooting at mid-day which are the “golden hours” for infrared. If you need a rule of thumb, try this: The best time of day to shoot IR is when the worst time of day to shoot “normal” images. So instead of being stuck at noon with only boring, harsh lighting when making color photographs , shoot infrared!

The Jardín Botánico de Acapulco is a magical place to visit and even more so in infrared. This effect is a commonly produced by deciduous trees and grass because they reflect the sun’s infrared energy instead of absorbing it. The image at lkeft was photographed in infrared using a Canon EOS 50D that was converted to IR-only capture by LifePixel and the (now-discontinued) Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical lens. Exposure was 1/45 sec at f/9.5 an ISO 400.

I’ve found that Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions. You can get $50 OFF with Priority Processing Upgrade by using coupon code: joefarace50-FrQ Don’t miss out on this soon to expire offer, order your conversion today!

My book The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography 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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