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Comparing color to infrared

A good way to understand the results possible with infrared is to study the same image taken in color and infrared.

Note that many renditions are possible; different “looks” can be achieved by post-processing an image. An authentic infrared image displays quite different tonal (brightness) relationships than even a heavily manipulated color image.

The tonal separation and false color possibilities are better with some cameras than others. For example, the Canon 5D-IR and Nikon D70-IR both provide better tonal separation than the Fuji F30-IR. Whether this is due to the usual higher quality seen with digital SLRs, or a function of the sensor itself can’t be easily determined, and isn’t important to the end game. But the difference is real.

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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.


Left to right: Nikon D200, Nikon D70-IR, Nikon D70-IR with B+W 093 filter

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