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How To Make Your First Infrared Photography

Infrared photography does not allow the spectrum of light to be photographed in a photo of 700 to 1200 nanometers. His first use was military, but it is widely used scientifically and artist. Of course, this last aspect is an interest in the blog and I want to show you today. Maybe you think this kind of photography is really hard to create, but if you want to know how to start your first infrared photography but there is nothing more than the reality, I can make you comfortable or comfortable and read.

What can you Infrared photography?

Basically what you want, but landscapes with plenty of plants and very green, sky and/or water is a reason that looks better with infrared filters. You can include some architectural elements, which will be very good. Be careful of landscape photography which is only green because it is not something interesting, beautiful appearance, on the contrary, or as I said earlier some architectural elements. The essence is more important than any other type of photography. Here you have a couple of examples.

What do you need an Infrared photograph? 

Hey, cameras, I know, it’s very clear, but it’s not going to be forgotten at home. For the purpose, I recommend 18-55 mm, because all the motives are not valid.

I love the Tripod. You have to make a long exposure, so keeping the camera stable is a tripled essential.

Remote Switch If you do not have it, do not worry, you can use your camera timer to avoid any vibration during shooting.

In Infrared Filter This filter blocks visible spectrum of light and gives only infrared light passes. A filter with which you can get very good results HOYA R72, with different thread sizes and which can be combined with other like polarizers. Other manufacturers are Hilton, Ryton, Cocaine, B + W or Tiffen which offer a wide range of IR filters. If you do not need the filter, your camera may be suitable for this type of photography.

Preferred condition (which is not essential). There are many plants (good variety), there is no wind so that it is not replaced if there is water to make reflections better and there are clouds to achieve more attractive skies.

Steps to realize your infrared photography

1. Find the reason: What kind of images are best with infrared filters, I’ve told you already, so what you should do to get more interesting results from these images and to take pictures on photography or fantasy points.

2. Place the camera on the tripod: The exposure time will be very long and you need a lot of stability. Frame the scene before placing the filter, because when you place it you will not see anything. This filter is very opaque and you will see everything dark. That is why it is important that you frame and make your composition before putting it.

3. Put the filter: And do not be scared when you see that you do not see anything, I have warned you in the previous point;), so you do not have to bother to look … that’s why I have to frame and focus before.

4. White balance: You have two options, do it manually, for which you must take your card in neutral gray or white, but you can check the results in situ, or shoot in RAW mode with an automatic white balance and in the process adjust it.

5. Adjust the ISO: Although you are tempted to upload the ISO to capture more light, this is not recommended because of the high level of noise you would get. The idea is to put it as low as possible, but without losing 200, better between 200 and 400.

6. Overexpose your camera: How much? The best thing is that you do several tests, it depends on the light you count on. But a guide is that when you shoot a photo, check in the histogram that there is nothing in the far right, in that piece must be empty so that no burned areas.

8. Put the camera in manual mode and focus: You could also do it automatically, but much better if you focus manually, so you ensure the result.

9. Use a medium aperture:Adjust the depth of field of your camera between f / 4.5 and f / 9.

10. Exposure time: It will depend on your camera, the filter and the light you have available. That’s why you’ll have to work with the famous “trial-error” technique;), I’m sorry, I can not give you a magic formula, I can only tell you to start for example for 4 seconds and readjust according to the results.

12. Shoot: Since the exposure time is very long, any slight vibration of the camera can result in a moving photo. That is why I recommended the remote trigger. Anyway, if you do not have one, you can set the timer of your camera and the photo will shoot once your finger is away from the little button

Do not panic! You’re going to get a pretty red image, it’s normal. Now it’s time to make some small adjustments with an editing program.

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With the following settings you will make your “red” image become an infrared image:

You must be in RGB mode ( Image> Mode> RGB Color )

Go to the channel mixer ( Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Channel Mixer … )

Select the Red Output Channel and in the Source Channels adjust the following values: Red 0%, Green 0%, and Blue 100%.

Select the Blue Output Channel and in the Source Channels adjust the following values: Red 100%, Green 0%, and Blue 0%.

You can also modify the greens if you wish.

Create a new Adjustment Layer for the levels ( Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels … )


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