Infrared photography using a digital camera Words and Pictures Barry Robinson Photographers have struggled to master the techniques of infrared photography for years and many have been put off even trying because of the mystique behind the subject. With traditional SLR cameras it is as much of an art as it is a technique with much of the settings being pure guesswork. The average light meter cannot read the level of infrared light and even the point of focus shifts due to the wavelength of this invisible light being much longer than visible light. So experience and a lot of hard work in the darkroom is the only way to succeed. Because of this, the average photographer gives up very early or just never bothers. Most digital camera CCDs are sensitive to this near infrared light so when you place an infrared filter in front of the lens the camera simply adjusts itself to accommodate this wavelength. A simple check can be made to see if your camera is capable of infrared photography. The main rules to remember are:
Getting Started with Infrared Photography Infrared photography looks like nothing else. I’m sure you’ve seen some IR photos around the web, but maybe you don’t know how to achieve this special effect? Look no further, here’s a guide on what to think about when choosing your object, how to shoot and what to do in post-production. Photography is the art of capturing light, IR photography on the other hand is the art of capturing invisible light — but the challenge comes with its benefits, IR photographs can be really attention grabbing and otherworldly. What you need First of all you need to have a D-SLR camera with a lens that can use filters. The IR filter I use is the Hoya R72, all the IR photographs in this article are taken using that filter. Another piece of equipment that is crucial is the tripod. The Canon kit-lens, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, for example will create a hotspot in the center of the photograph as seen in the photograph above. What do I photograph? How to photograph Post-production Open your IR photo in Photoshop.
Infrared basics for digital photographers Digital cameras make it easy to explore a world of invisible light just beyond red. In this topic... See also the IR/UV Checklist Last updated October 22, 2009 Why Infrared? Conventional visible light photography is challenging enough. On this page... Topic Index Extra-Sensory Perception Our senses strongly shape our understanding of the world, as every photographer well knows, but they sample only small slices of the reality around us. Curiosity about the world beyond natural perception motivated some of our greatest inventions and scientific advances. In the last 2 centuries, visual observation escaped not only the human scale but also the visible spectrum — that narrow band of electromagnetic (EM) radiation where the solar power spectrum and the sensitivity of the human eye both peak. To this day, the NIR remains one of the most useful extra-visible bands in the EM spectrum. At left is one of humankind's first-ever looks at the surface of Titan, one of Jupiter's four large Gallilean moons.
How to Scan Film Negatives with a DSLR Well, lets just say I’ve gotten better at this over the last couple of years. The left image was one of the first I’ve “scanned” with my DSLR, and the one on the right I’ve just rescanned using the techniques described below (higher resolution available here). Right now I can get higher resolution and better image quality that what street labs give you on CD. I’ve seen many articles on the web explaining the basics of digitising film negatives or transparencies with a digital camera. The basics are quite simple: you take a photo of a negative into a light source and invert. That’s it. First of all: Why? Street labs can usually scan the film but I’ve got bad scans and missing/cut frames more than once. These are my reasons, you may obviously have different ones. All the following instructions have the objective of achieving the best possible resolution, colour depth and dynamic range out of the film, while keeping image noise as low as possible. What You Will Need Setting Up the Hardware
EDP – Experimental Digital Photography Six Things They Won't Teach You In Portrait Photography Class The one thing that will teach you to become a better portrait photographer is failure. Typically, when you fail at something, you sit there and wallow in agony. Then you figure out what you could have done better and find a way to keep those mistakes in mind for your next project. Failure, trial-and-error, and perseverance will help you to create better portraits. That’s the first major lesson that they won’t teach you in portrait photography. Here are five more. Have an Idea So how do you shoot a portrait? Many portrait photographers (not only those starting out but even experienced ones) fail right from the start by not having an idea or vision for the shoot. - The feel and vibe on the set - The wardrobe - The props - The lighting - The angles shot - The post-production process If you don’t have an idea to begin with, then you’ll need to find one. On The Phoblographer’s Tumblr, Gevon and I try to post as much inspirational and cool content as we can. Know the Subject - She is sarcastic
experimental photography & digital imaging How to Plan the Perfect Portrait Shoot In my last article I gave you five reasons to use natural light for portraiture. The next step in creating the perfect portrait shoot is planning. The more details you figure out in advance, the more likely you are to come away from the shoot with some beautiful portraits to make you proud. Generating ideas The creative side of portrait photography is something that some photographers seem to find easy, and others really challenging. You’re probably familiar with the main photo sharing sites already (Flickr, 500px and 1x) and there’s no doubt that you will find plenty of inspiration if you take the time to search them. For high quality black and white portraits take a look at the work of Betina la Plante, Eduardo Izq and Phil Sharpe (Phil has a lot of colour portraits in his portfolio too). For beautiful colour portraits view the portfolios of Cristina Hoch, Alex Benetel, Alessio Albi, Emily Soto, Ling Li, Anna Karnutsch and Sarah Ann Wright. Creating mood boards Finding locations
Experimental Photography Processing: Video Series | eHow Videos Presented by Anthony Maddaloni Share Experimenting with film processing is a great way to turn pictures into creative projects. Learn different experimental photo processing techniques from a professional photographer in this free photography series. Series Summary Photography is the practice of making images by exposing film or another medium to a timed flash of light. Listing 1-8 of 8 videos Experimental Photography: Cyanotype with 4x5 Negative Cyanotypes can be created from 4x5 negative images. Experimental Photography: Pinhole Camera Cyanotype A pinhole camera can be made out of several different items. Experimental Photography: Cyanotype Photogram Cyanotype photograms are also called sun prints. Experimental Photography: Create Polaroid Transfers After taking film and putting into a folder, generate an exposure. Experimental Photography: Panoramic Print Make a panoramic by advancing the film a little bit and stitching the image. Experimental Photography: Liquid Light
10 Portrait Tips to Take Your Photography to the Next Level You have all the makings of a beautiful photograph: the perfect client, an overcast day for soft natural lighting and a gorgeous landscape as the backdrop. You’re taking photos but noticing that something’s not quite right. The photos look underwhelming. Believe me, I’ve been there. Here are 10 tips to take your portraits to the next level. Tip #1 – have your subject look up at you It’s slimming and flattering (see images above). Tip #2 – capture the moments in between poses Personally this is a favorite of mine. Tip #3 – turn the subject’s body slightly Have them turn their body slightly away from the camera and their face still looking straight at you. Tip #4 – flattery Always tell them how beautiful they look. Tip #5 – connection This is the key to everything really. Tip #6 – tell your subject to flirt with the camera Ok, that sounds weird but it can work. Tip #7 – have them bring a playlist of their favorite music Tip #8 – clothing selection is important Tip #9 – lighting Next steps
Great Tips for Shooting in the Rain Tips by Christopher B. Derrick 46inShare Rain, I feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane. If you’re shooting in the rain (you did make sure that you camera is going to be water-tight or you’ll need to perform an immediate drying maintenance after shooting), one of the things to consider is — do you want to see the raindrops or not? Photo by kitti Now maybe your cup of tea is to use the falling rain as means to add additional soft focus to your rain-drenched background. Once you’ve decided on how you want to portray the rain (while it’s raining), you can fire away with reckless abandon or carefully calculated skill and measure. Photo by Richard Ford The beauty of shooting just after the rain is that when most objects are wet they glisten and the water bends the reflected light coming off an object’s surface. Top image by enrico Chris Derrick is a writer, photographer, screenwriter and director living and working in Los Angeles. Like Our Site? 10 Comments Leave a Reply