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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

          Sources and Resources

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