Digital Infrared Photography

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-26
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Let your motto become "What would happen if. . . ?"Infrared light offers photographers another artistic avenue to explore. You don't need years of experience or expensive equipment. Just grab an IR filter or a converted digital camera, and you're ready to enter the fascinating world of infrared photography. The unique effects you can create with IR photography are limited only by your imagination.In these pages, you'll discover the practical information about file formats and composition as well as plenty of creative inspiration.Discover whether your camera can detect infrared light and compare different IR filtersLearn how to see in IR and master IR compositionPlay with effects - extended exposures, shooting through glass, zooming, and painting with lightExplore HDR and Photomerge optionsOpen more creative possibilities with Photoshopr

Author Biography

Deborah Sandidge is Creative Director for the League of Creative Infrared Photographers, where novice, amateur, and professional photographers come to learn how to enhance their digital IR photography skills. Her award-winning photography has appeared in many galleries, publications, and venues.

Table of Contents

Introducing Infrared Light
What Exactly Is IR Light?
Seeing in IR
Checking Your Camera for IR Sensitivity
Methods of Recording IR Light
IR filters
IR-converted cameras
Visualizing and Capturing IR Images
Comparing RAW and JPEG File Formats
Shooting in Different Color Modes
Setting White Balance
Choosing WB or AWB
Keeping RGB channels in balance
Understanding Exposure In IR
Shooting modes
The histogram
Prime time IR photography
Using Extra Equipment and Accessories
Flash, reflectors, and diffusers
Tripod heads
Cable release
Memory cards
Essentials of IR Composition
How IR Composition Differs from Color
Subject placement and rule of thirds
Lines and curves
Shapes, patterns, and atmospheric perspective
Balance and symmetry
People in compositions
Avoid background distractions
Choosing Your Lens
Creating your own IR style
Capturing Specific Subjects
Skies and clouds
Developing Themes in IR
Special Effects for Creative In-camera Images
Long Exposures
Capturing a sunset
Capturing the beauty of waterfalls
Adding Texture
Vaseline diffusion
Shooting through glass
Creating Image Overlays
Double exposures
Digital sandwich
Blending a traditional color image with IR
Special Effect Filters
Painting with Light
Planning Ahead for High Dynamic Range and Photomerge
HDR Compared to Using a Graduated Neutral-density Filter
HDR Software
Shooting for HDR
Processing HDR Images
Using Photoshop for HDR
Using Photomatix Pro for HDR
Photomatix's Tone Mapping filter
Creating Panoramas with Photomerge
Processing IR Images in Photoshop
Basic Processing in Adobe Camera RAW
Converting to Black and White in ACR
Using Levels and Curves in Photoshop
Converting to Black and White in Photoshop
Converting to Black and White Using Photoshop Plug-ins
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Nik Color Efex Pro
onOne Software's PhotoTools
Noise Reduction
Reducing noise in ACR
Reducing noise in Photoshop
Nik Dfine 2.0
Neat Image
Dodging and burning
Working Creatively in Photoshop
Creating a Blue Sky
Using Selective Color for Impact
Tinting and Toning
Tinting and toning software
Duotones, quad tones, and tri tones
Replicating a Traditional IR Film Look
Creating a Digital Sandwich
Creating Mirrored Images
Creating Watery Reflections
Working with Multiple Exposures
Creating a Montage
Creative Enhancements Using Filters and Plug-ins
Finishing Touches
Transform Color to IR Effect in Photoshop
Using Techniques in Photoshop for an IR Look
Using Photoshop Plug-ins for an IR Look
Be Inspired
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