Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I don't pretend to know exactly how infrared photography works- other than the scientific articles I read on the web-something about color wavelengths. I do know the results can be very cool and dreamlike.
I prefer B&W infrared photos, they can be shot in color too, but I've seen very few that I have liked. The colors are just too garish for my taste.
Here are the basic tips for shooting digital infrared photos:
I used a Hoya infrared filter for these photos on my Nikon DSLR.
The camera was set on "black & white".
Using a tripod is necessary because of the long exposure times-I think these were around 30 seconds. I was also using a cable release in order to not shake the camera.
I recommend an aperture of f-8 or above, because focusing can be tricky.
The camera was on "Manual" focus. Here's the interesting thing-you have to focus and compose the image in your camera first -THEN attach the infrared filter before shooting. Once the filter is on you can no longer see what you are photographing in the viewfinder.
Of course the great thing is you can see the results immediately and make exposure adjustments.