Digital Photograper - - Shooting Skills -

1 GET YOUR­SELF READY Choose a lo­ca­tion and get set up. With a mod­i­fied in­frared cam­era you don’t need any ad­di­tional fil­ters to record IR im­ages. A tri­pod is handy but not es­sen­tial. Stop your lens down to f11 or f16 to max­imise depth of field and set the ISO to 100 or 200.

2 TAKE TAKE AN IN­FRARED SHOT If you an in­frared shot with your mod­i­fied cam­era straight ‘out of the box’ the im­ages may come out bright red, be­cause the cam­era doesn’t know it’s an in­frared cam­era. You can re­move the colour cast dur­ing post-pro­duc­tion, but you are bet­ter off avoid­ing it al­to­gether.

3 CRE­ATE A CUS­TOM WHITE BAL­ANCE To avoid the red colour cast, you need to cre­ate a cus­tom white bal­ance for your mod­i­fied cam­era. Check the cam­era’s in­struc­tion man­ual to find out how, but of­ten it in­volves tak­ing a shot of some­thing like well-lit grass and get­ting the cam­era to base the white bal­ance on that im­age.

4 WATCH THE EX­PO­SURE Shoot­ing with the cus­tom white bal­ance set makes a big dif­fer­ence to the look of the im­age. How­ever, as seen here, un­der­ex­po­sure is com­mon with in­frared cam­eras, so be pre­pared to dial-in up to +2 stops or more of ex­po­sure in com­pen­sa­tion, to pro­duce well-ex­posed im­ages.

5 YOU’VE TAKE THE FI­NAL SHOT Once got the ex­po­sure sorted, take your fi­nal shot. Here, aper­ture pri­or­ity ex­po­sure mode was used, and an ex­po­sure of 1/100sec at f11 on ISO 200. The lens was a 1635mm zoom at 16mm on a mod­i­fied full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk I. A lens hood was used to avoid flare.

6 LOOK FOR OTHER AN­GLES Once you’ve bagged a great shot, ex­plore the same sub­ject or scene from dif­fer­ent an­gles to see what else you can come up with. These shots were taken in harsh sum­mer sun­light, which wouldn’t have been great for con­ven­tional pho­tog­ra­phy but is ideal for in­frared.







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