Shoot in­frared this sum­mer

Cre­ate images that are out of this world by cap­tur­ing light that’s in­vis­i­ble to the eye

Digital Camera World - - PHOTO ACTIVE -

Sum­mer is the per­fect time of year to shoot in­frared pho­tog­ra­phy. There is lots of light, and all that green fo­liage makes the landscape turn into a snow-like scene when it’s cap­tured through in­frared light.

There are two ways to shoot an in­frared image, like this shot by Prze­mys­law Kruk. The first (and cheaper) is to use a fil­ter. You have to use a long shut­ter speed set­ting, and you may en­counter hotspots. The more ex­pen­sive way is to use a con­verted IR cam­era. Many pho­tog­ra­phers con­vert an old DSLR or CSC model: once you’ve con­verted, you can’t go back! If you are go­ing to con­vert a cam­era, we rec­om­mend you get a pro­fes­sional IR con­ver­sion com­pany to do it for you.

Al­ter­na­tively if both of these tech­niques sound like too much hard work you can al­ways fake the ef­fect in Pho­to­shop. Add a Chan­nel Mixer ad­just­ment layer to your image. In the Red chan­nel, set Red to 0% and Blue to 100%; in the Blue chan­nel, set Red to 100% and Blue to 0%.

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