It has been a pretty busy season for me. One project that I am slowly finishing is a guide to Infrared photography. It is progressing nicely, most of the text is complete but I still have several more things I need to photograph to include as examples. Creating this guide has been helpful to organize my thoughts and expand on the principles I am learning.
The above image is one I took about two weeks ago in Colonial Williamsburg. Below is a short excerpt from my guide that explains what I look for when deciding to shoot in Infrared:
What to Photograph?
Depending on the method you use, the subject of your photograph can look very unique as an Infrared image. Infrared is actually a form of radiation so your results will vary based on the radiation levels, or reflected Infrared light, in your scene (Don’t panic, put away the Geiger counter; it’s not harmful). Here are a couple guidelines regarding how a subject will look:
· Foliage will turn white or light in color
· Skin will appear soft and milky
· Blue skies will seem darker
· Clouds tend to be more pronounced
The best thing to do is to experiment. Since you can’t really look at a scene with unaided eyes and know for sure what your camera will record, just press the shutter to see what turns out!
Ideal Conditions for Infrared Photography
Just like traditional photography, there are ideal conditions to look for when shooting Infrared. When deciding if I should shoot with my Infrared camera, I simply look for scenes with strong shadows, blue skies and plenty of vegetation. These conditions leverage the unique qualities of Infrared.