Shoot Infrared Portraiture this Summer

IR.YamieIn my friend Mark Toal’s blog post, Infrared Portraiture? Why Nothe says,Somewhere I read that Infrared photography is not good for portraits. Skin tones can look strange and eyes will be black was the usual reason given. By accident last week I found this is another rule that can be broken”

And why not? In my post “Best Subjects for Infrared Photography” I mention portraits and say, “In my infrared photography book, I show a few portraits but some think it adds a disturbing ‘Twilight’ (vampires ya’ know?) feel to the images because the subject’s eyes look a bit odd.”

Tia.IR.PPIn fact, I once wrote an article about infrared photography for a magazine aimed at professional photographers and the editor rejected the section on portraiture and the image I used, featured at left, because she though the image was creepy. I leave it up for you to decide if she was right.

In the image featured above top, the subject was photographed outdoors in prime time for infrared photography—between noon and 1:00PM. She was photographed with a Canon EOS 50 converted to infrared by LifePixel. Lens was the no-longer-produced 22-55mm lens (at 52mm) with an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/13 and ISO 400.

And that’s what infrared digital imaging is all about, having fun with photography no matter what subject you decide to photograph.

I’ve found that Life Pixel do 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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