Infrared, or “IR” photography, offers photographers of all abilities and budgets the opportunity to explore a new world – the world of the unseen.
Human eyes cannot see IR light, as it lies just beyond what is classified as the “visible” spectrum – that which human eyesight can detect. Colors, textures, leaves and plants, human skin, and all other manner of objects can reflect IR light in unique and interesting ways, ones that cannot be mimicked with tools like Photoshop.
One of the IR photography options is 35mm IR film available for as little as $11 for roll of 36 prints.
Another alternative is a circular IR filter (similar to a UV or circular polarizing filter) that attaches to the front of your camera lens. The IR filter prevents visible light from passing through while only allowing IR light to strike your camera’s sensor. These filters will vary in price depending on the size of the filter and the specific portion of the IR spectrum they address. The main difference between the filters is how colors are rendered. Spending more money on a filter that focuses on a different part of the IR spectrum doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will like the results more than an IR filter costing much less.
While I was looking for photography techniques I came across infrared photography and I thought my classmates would enjoy it as well. When i looked at the photos for the first time they looked like the effect was created in post production and I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t.
Infrared photography seems like a fun technique, opening a whole new dimension for the photographer. It’s a different way of looking at what is around us.