What is Infrared Photography?

Infrared photography makes use of the film or image sensor which is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is basically a near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used in this infrared technique ranges from about 700 nm to about 900 nm. The film is usually sensitive to visible light too, so an infrared-passing filter is used for the results; this lets infrared light pass through to the camera, but blocks all or most of the visible light spectrum to get the picture.

The basic tips for Infrared photography:-

1.Camera
You need not have a special camera for an infrared photography. A camera that has been converted for IR photography can take stunning IR photos. It will suffer from long exposure times and can be utilized as easily as any other digital camera.

2.Grab the best Filters
The filters should be spaced far enough apart (in terms of their respective cut-off points) to allow you to experiment with different lighting conditions, could be Woods effect etc.You need not buy filters for use as filter elements, but you may have to buy some filters to cannibalize for their parts

3.Some basic tools.
These include one or two jeweler’s screwdrivers, a glass cutter, a diamond-impregnated file, masking tape, a fine-pointed semi-permanent pen, tweezers, and blue tack. These tools will enhance your infrared pictures.

4.A few consumables
These may include paper cloths, cleaning liquid, epoxy glue, earbuds and a clean handkerchief or two. These will become an aid while you capture the shots.

5.A perfect scene
For an infrared snap, you need to have a scenic view that will add a zeal to your picture and will make it easy for you to add effects of infrared.

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