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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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