Making the Mundane Magical: The Art of Infrared Photography

Photographers looking to spice up boring old landscape shots with a touch of the alien and surreal may want to look into the practice of Infrared photography.

Infrared photography literally opens up a whole new spectrum of light and color for pictures, giving even the most mundane of images a spooky, otherworldly feel, and the viewer gets a new perspective on the world around them.

So how, exactly, does Infrared photography work? According to Wikipedia:

“In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm. Film is usually sensitive to visible light too, so an infrared-passing filter is used; this lets infrared (IR) light pass through to the camera, but blocks all or most of the visible light spectrum (the filter thus looks black or deep red).”

So, basically, with a specialized IR filter, your camera will ignore light from the visible spectrum portion of the electromagnetic spectrum  in favor of that from the Infrared spectrum, normally invisible to the human eye.

If you’re as interested in altered perspectives and adding touches of the bizarre to your photography as I am, then Infrared photography may just be of interest to you.

To see more examples of Infrared photography, check out “99 Brilliant Examples of Infrared Photography“. (Instant Shift)

For more information on how to get started with Infrared photography, check out this article on IR digital photography basics

Also, if you enjoy shameless self-promotion, check out my work-in-progress “Scenes From The Apocalypse” photography blog.



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