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40 Incredible Examples Of Infrared Photography

      One of the most charming contrasting color effects you can get in photography is by using infrared. An easy way to understand near-infrared light is to think of it as the color of the rainbow next to red, a color that is invisible to the human eye. But near-infrared is not the same as thermal imaging.

      One of the most charming contrasting color effects you can get in photography is by using infrared. An easy way to understand near-infrared light is to think of it as the color of the rainbow next to red, a color that is invisible to the human eye. But near-infrared is not the same as thermal imaging.

      Because everyday objects reflect infrared in proportions that differ sharply from that of visible light, the tonal relationships are wildly unexpected. Such near-infrared techniques used in photography give subjects an exotic, antique look. Green vegetation becomes white, whereas human skin becomes pale and ghostly. The resulting images look alien.

      Digital cameras use CCD and other similar sensors to capture infrared images. Although all digital cameras available on the market are sensitive to infrared light, they are equipped with infrared-blocking filters. The main reason for this is that consumer cameras are designed to capture visible light. But sometimes these filters are used together, giving very interesting in-camera effects like false color, wood effects etc.

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      To start with infrared photography, all you need to have is

      1. A digital camera that is sensitive to infrared light.
      2. A visible-light blocking filter (e.g. a Wratten 89B filter)
      3. Image-editing software, such as Photoshop.

      Near-infrared images straight out of the camera do not always look good and are usually not as dramatic and beautiful as normally captured images. Hence, a lot of post-processing is done to enhance these images. Some techniques used in post-processing are equalization, focus shift, small aperture, light leaks, digital false color, halo, etc.

      Below, we present a selection of over 40 beautiful infrared images. Some of these images have undergone heavy post-processing, and all of these examples display the names of the photographers, along with links to their websites.

      The Beauty Of Infrared Photography

      Mark Grealish

      Infrared Photography

      Omar Junior

      Infrared Photography

      NASA “The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared”.

      Infrared Photo

      Jernej Verbovsek

      Infrared Photo

      G2-Studio Photography

      Infrared Photo

      Orange Bread

      Infrared Photo

      Naomi Frost

      Infrared Photo

      Corrado Borean

      Infrared Photo

      Daniella T

      Infrared Photo

      Cavagna Ottavio

      Infrared Photo

      Bruna Marchioro

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      NASA “Huge Hi-Res Photo of ‘Infrared Andromeda’ with 1 trillion stars”

      Infrared Photo

      Roie Galitz This photo is titled “The Fisherman”.

      Infrared Photo

      the dreaming tree

      Infrared Photo

      Steve Castle

      Infrared Photo

      Musin Yohan

      Infrared Photo

      18mm

      Infrared Photo

      Almazroa

      Infrared Photo

      NASA “An infrared image of Saturn’s northern region shows a luminous aurora with the planet’s mottled rings below.”

      Infrared Photo

      Daniella T.

      Infrared Photo

      Frank Brauner

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      Guto

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared-IR

      Infrared Photo

      Scott Pruett

      Infrared Photo

      Otit

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      Gilad

      Infrared Photo

      Romulo Lubachesky

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Licht

      Infrared Photo

      Infrared Photo

      Dave Deluria

      Infrared Photo

      Last Click

      Naomi Frost

      Infrared Photo

      ec808x

      Infrared Photo

      Trazy

      Infrared Photo

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