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.
To start with infrared photography, all you need to have is
- A digital camera that is sensitive to infrared light.
- A visible-light blocking filter (e.g. a Wratten 89B filter)
- 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.
Also take a look at our previous photography articles:
- 35 Fantastic HDR Pictures1
- 35 Beautiful Examples Of Rain Photography2
- 45 Beautiful Motion Blur Photos3
- Beautiful Black And White Photos4
- Celebration Of Smoke Photography and Smoke Art5
The Beauty Of Infrared Photography Link
“Huge Hi-Res Photo of ‘Infrared Andromeda’ with 1 trillion stars”
This photo is titled “The Fisherman”.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Licht
Last Click Link
Sources and Resources Link
- High-Speed Infrared Flickr Pool65
- Tutorial: Infrared Photo Effect In Photoshop66
Simulate the look of infrared photography in Photoshop.
- Flickr Pool: Infrared Landscapes67
- Infrared Land- and Cityscapes
A Flickr set, created by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Licht.
- Digital Infrared Flickr Album68
- Flickr Pool: Digital Infrared69
Mostly has images that were shot in the infrared spectrum, not digitally modified to recreate the infrared look and feel.
- 7 Inspiring Infrared And HDR Photographers70
- Infrared Photography Buzz7172
“Offering the most comprehensive source of info on digital infrared photography on the net.” This website presents technical info about cameras and accessories used for infrared photography.
- Tutorial:Take Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera
Shows you how to make a cheap infrared filter for your digital camera out of bits and pieces, such as cardboard rolls, electrical tape, and some black processed and old negatives.
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
- 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
- 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/05/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
- 6 http://flickr.com/photos/bhalash/
- 7 http://flickr.com/photos/bhalash/189694607/
- 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/
- 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2553156883/
- 10 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070121.html
- 11 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0701/sombrero_spitzer_big.jpg
- 12 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1892294
- 13 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1892294
- 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangebread/
- 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangebread/246328969/
- 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/sets/72157603769539292/
- 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/2897022022/in/set-72157603769539292/
- 18 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=241687
- 19 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6346226
- 20 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/profile
- 21 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/profile
- 22 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=1176523
- 23 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3070940&size=lg
- 24 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/bm.htm
- 25 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/Bruna/natureza/content/B6_large.html
- 26 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/Bruna/natureza/content/B3_large.html
- 27 http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0606/m31-irac_f.jpg
- 28 http://flickr.com/people/the-dreaming-tree/
- 29 http://flickr.com/photos/the-dreaming-tree/2896316967/
- 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/
- 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/2562171530/
- 32 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=3526551
- 33 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6711486
- 34 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/sets/343973/
- 35 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/53668834/
- 36 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/
- 37 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/2779576634/
- 38 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081112142129.htm
- 39 http://io9.com/5086683/mysterious-infrared-aurora-glows-at-saturns-north-pole
- 40 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
- 41 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
- 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2503383212/
- 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2455728561/in/set-72157604825966973/
- 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2822623680/in/set-72157604825966973/
- 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/
- 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/341989181/
- 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/
- 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/514873534/in/set-72157600234328627/
- 49 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=407170
- 50 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2413733
- 51 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/
- 52 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/1072350692/
- 53 http://gilad.deviantart.com/
- 54 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Final-Destination-54532212
- 55 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/rl/
- 56 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/rl/infravermelho/content/G_3_large.html
- 57 http://www.flickr.com/people/davedeluria/
- 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedeluria/342420896/
- 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/sets/72157603769539292/
- 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/2214099490/in/set-72157603769539292/
- 61 http://www.flickr.com/people/static808/
- 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/static808/202562458/in/set-72057594133922787/
- 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/sets/1115298/
- 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/154130385/
- 65 http://www.flickr.com/groups/11964211@N00/pool/
- 66 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/infrared-photo/
- 67 http://flickr.com/groups/infrared-landscapes/
- 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/sets/72157600234328627/detail/
- 69 http://flickr.com/groups/55027594@N00/
- 70 http://weburbanist.com/2008/10/30/7-colorful-creative-infrared-and-hdr-photographers-and-photography/
- 71 http://irbuzz.blogspot.com/
- 72 #
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