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40 Incredible Examples Of Infrared Photography

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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.

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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

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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

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Infrared Photo

Trazy

Infrared Photo

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