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.


Here’s what happens: You run around taking pictures of every-thing and stuff that looks mundane in color or even black & white looks so different that my wife Mary calls it “dreamy.”

In a previous post called Depth-of-Field for portraits 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 from Amazon for just for $9.99, plus shipping.

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 give it a try. But no matter what happens I promise that you will have fun.

IR.bookMy book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but as I write this. new copies are available from Amazon starting at $19.95, cheaper than used. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $10 and used copies selling for $2.55 (plus shipping) one of the best book deals out their for what is my personal favorite book.

Author: Joe Farace

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