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My First Efforts at Infrared

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.—Edgar Degas

And yet infrared is difficult when you don’t know how and easy when you do.

I began dabbling in infrared with my Nikon D1x around 2002, first trying unexposed film as a crude infrared filter, quickly rejecting that approach, then moving on to a B+W 092 filter.

Unknowns and frustrations abounded, such as correct exposure, white balance, out-of-focus results, long exposure times, and the best way to process RAW images. Later, I experienced the same issues with the Nikon D2h and Nikon D70. I saw the potential, but the process was neither easy nor satisfying, and I rarely obtained satisfactory results. It seemed very challenging, with not much to show for it!

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Diglloyd Infrared Photography covers cameras and lenses for infrared photography.

The coverage explains all the issues involved in shooting in infrared, which do not change. It is not a review of any particular camera or lens, though many examples are included.

  • Guidance on workflow for infrared, including black and white and channel swapping for false-color images.
  • How infrared renders, and why certain spectral cutoffs matter: false color vs black and white.
  • Image quality issues to be on the lookout for in infrared.
  • Numerous lens evaluations in infrared.

View an overview of infrared as well as filter spectral transmission plus examples from an optimal lens.

Variants Color, Part Color available in full article
First successful test shot with the Nikon D70-IR

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