INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY
AND MICROSTOCK




by Laurent Dambies
                                           April 2009
http://mi...
HOW DOES IT WORK ?




 Visible light: 400-700 nm, near infrared 700-1200 nm. Above : mid infrared and
far infrared (ther...
WHY INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY?




 Gives a dramatic, surreal effect, an ethereal white glow to the pictures


 Foliage and g...
CHALLENGES IN IR PHOTOGRAPHY


Focusing and depth of field

 Visible vs IR: different focus distance:  tricky to produce...
Equipment

 Variable results depending on body and lenses
 blocking IR filter (hot mirror) on top of CCD’s  cameras mor...
My gear
                                          Canon Powershot G9
                                          Lensmate le...
CANON G9 SETTINGS


 RAW @ 80 ISO, hyperfocale distance

 Excellent tutorial here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/545326@N...
MY 10 STEPS WORFLOW

Open Raw with LR2

Set color temperature 2000, tint -50

Remove noise Luminance 60

Chromatic abe...
IR PHOTOGRAPHY AND MICROSTOCK
               Agency           Infrared + landscape Infrared + building



            Shut...
FLICKR GROUPS DEDICATED TO IR PHOTOGRAPHY




Digital infrared: http://www.flickr.com/groups/55027594@N00/
Infrared: http:...
FURTHER READING
http://dpfwiw.com/ir.htm A lot of detailled informations and links about IR photography

http://www.lifepi...
WELCOME TO MY IR WORLD 
Lonely tree
Infrared machines
Infrared machine
N   Necropolis Glasgow
Science center Glasgow
Bell bridge and SECC Glasgow
Glasgow Clyde river quayside
Edinburgh panorama
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  1. 1. INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY AND MICROSTOCK by Laurent Dambies April 2009 http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com
  2. 2. HOW DOES IT WORK ?  Visible light: 400-700 nm, near infrared 700-1200 nm. Above : mid infrared and far infrared (thermal imagery)  IR filter : block most of the visible light and let near infrared hit the CCD.
  3. 3. WHY INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY?  Gives a dramatic, surreal effect, an ethereal white glow to the pictures  Foliage and grass reflect infrared radiations and appear much brighter in IR Different foliages have different IR reflectance as well as foliage affected by disease or insect infestation.  Blue sky and water appear dark.  Depending on the light, textures can be revealed in more details.  Skin also can give interesting tones.
  4. 4. CHALLENGES IN IR PHOTOGRAPHY Focusing and depth of field  Visible vs IR: different focus distance:  tricky to produce sharp images   If no lens with IR marking  Focus bracketing  Hyperfocal distance Exposure  IR filter very dark  indications given by the camera cannot be trusted   Typically 2 to 15 seconds exposure time  Tripod  Long exposure  interesting results on water and clouds 
  5. 5. Equipment  Variable results depending on body and lenses  blocking IR filter (hot mirror) on top of CCD’s  cameras more on less sensitive to IR. The hot mirror can be removed to make a true IR camera (or check on Ebay).  Flares or hotspots on some lenses 
  6. 6. My gear Canon Powershot G9 Lensmate lens adapter Hoya R72 filter 58 mm Hoya ND4 filter 58 mm Small tripod  Universal IR Hoya R72 filter: 50% cutoff 720 nm  some visible light get throught
  7. 7. CANON G9 SETTINGS  RAW @ 80 ISO, hyperfocale distance  Excellent tutorial here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/545326@N21/discuss/72157603843667732/
  8. 8. MY 10 STEPS WORFLOW Open Raw with LR2 Set color temperature 2000, tint -50 Remove noise Luminance 60 Chromatic aberration : all edges Export as jpeg or tiff Open in CS3 swap red and blue channels: red 0 blue 100, blue 0, red 100 Image--> adjustements levels blue and green Image ---> curves define gray point Import in LR2 adjust hue/saturation on the different channels. Export as jpeg
  9. 9. IR PHOTOGRAPHY AND MICROSTOCK Agency Infrared + landscape Infrared + building Shutterstock 526 106 Istockphoto 140 45 Dreamstime 540 124 Search done on April 09th 2009  Pictures difficult to be approved due to noise and softness  Some success on Shutterstock and Dreamstime
  10. 10. FLICKR GROUPS DEDICATED TO IR PHOTOGRAPHY Digital infrared: http://www.flickr.com/groups/55027594@N00/ Infrared: http://www.flickr.com/groups/infrared/ Canon G9 infrared: http://www.flickr.com/groups/545326@N21/ Infrared UK&Ireland: http://www.flickr.com/groups/infrareduk/ Infrared panoramas : http://www.flickr.com/groups/898089@N25/ Infrared Scotland : http://www.flickr.com/groups/infrared-scotland/ HDR infrared: http://www.flickr.com/groups/92588351@N00/ Converted digital infrared cameras: http://www.flickr.com/groups/lifepixel/
  11. 11. FURTHER READING http://dpfwiw.com/ir.htm A lot of detailled informations and links about IR photography http://www.lifepixel.com/index.html Services and tips about converting your camera to Infrared Joe Farrace. Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography. Lark Books, 2006, 160p. My BLOG ! http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com My FliCkR photostream ! http://www.flickr.com/ldambies If you have some noise free stock pictures and want to sell them fast I recommend Shutterstock for a start: Submit Photos to Shutterstock and make $$$! Another agency is Fotolia: Fotolia
  12. 12. WELCOME TO MY IR WORLD 
  13. 13. Lonely tree
  14. 14. Infrared machines
  15. 15. Infrared machine
  16. 16. N Necropolis Glasgow
  17. 17. Science center Glasgow
  18. 18. Bell bridge and SECC Glasgow
  19. 19. Glasgow Clyde river quayside
  20. 20. Edinburgh panorama

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