Complete guide to digital infrared photography

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  • Acknowledgment .................................................................. 5

    Foreword .................................................................................. 8

    Introduction ............................................................................ 12

    Welcome to the World of Infrared .................................. 13

    What is Infrared Light? .................................................... 14A Note about Infrared Film .............................................. 17

    What's in This Book? ........................................................ 17

    Getting the Image on Your Sensor ................................ 18

    Is Your Digital Camera IR Sensitive? 18

    Test Your Camera for IR Capability ........................ 21Cleanliness is Next to Godliness .................................... 21

    IR Conversions .................................................................. 22

    Recording and Processing JPEG Images for IR ............ 24

    Recording and Processing RAW Images for IR ............ 26Profiles in Infrared: Brody Dezember ............................ 28

    Focusing and Exposing in IR ............................................ 30

    Focusing Differences .......................................................... 31Focusing with Digital SLR Cameras ...................... 32Hyperfocal Distance .................................................. 32Depth of Field Scale .................................................. 32IR-Converted Digital SLRs ...................................... 35IR-Converted Advanced Compact ZoomDigital Cameras ........................................................ 35Focusing with Non-SLR Digital Cameras ............ 35

    Exposing for Infrared Wavelengths ................................ 36Bracketing .................................................................. 36ISO Settings .............................................................. 36Manual Exposure Mode .......................................... 36The Proper Exposure ................................................ 38

    Seeing in Infrared 40What to Shoot .................................................................... 43

    Profiles in Infrared: Paul Nuber ...................................... 44

    Infrared Filters ........................................................................ 46

    How Do Filters Work? ...................................................... 46

    Filters for IR Photography ................................................ 48

    Semi-Famous Filter Facts .................................................. 48

    Cleaning Filters .................................................................. 49Analyzing Transmission Rates and Filter Numbers .. .50

    Flare ...................................................................................... 52

    Filter Choices ...................................................................... 53

    Standing on Three Legs ............................................ 55

    Different Filters Give Different Effects .................. 56

    Premium IR Filters .................................................... 56Using Filters with Non-SLR Digital Cameras .. . .58

    Profiles in Infrared: Chip Talbert .................................... 60

    Creating Digital IR Images .............................................. 62

    Imaging Sensors ................................................................ 62

    Sensor Choices .................................................................... 63

    Recording the Image .......................................................... 64

    Tweaking Black-and-White Images in Image-Processing ............................................................................ 64From Digital Color IR to Digital B&W IR ...................... 66

    Mixing Color Channel ...................................................... 68Plug-ins: Powerful Black-and-WhiteConversion Tools ................................................................ 70

    Profiles in Infrared: Carl Schofield .................................. 74

    Digital IR Image Processing ............................................ 76

    Scanning: Converting Your Existing IR FilmLibrary ................................................................................ 78

    The Layers Function .......................................................... 80

    The Layers Palette .................................................... 80

    Adjustment Layers .................................................... 81Creating Your Own Adjustment Layers ................ 82

    Popular IR Image Effects .................................................. 84

    Toning ........................................................................ 86

    If One Tone is Good, Why Not More? .................. 88

  • Painterly Effects .......................................................... 91

    Creating Digital Art ............................................ 92

    Profiles in Infrared: Robert Williams .......................... 94

    Solarization or the Sabattier Effect .............................. 97

    Woodcut Effect .......................................................... 97

    Hand Coloring ............................................................ 98

    Actions and Artistic Options ....................................... 100

    Creative Edges ............................................................ 102

    onOne Software Photoframe .............................. 102

    Photo/Graphic Edges ........................................ 104

    Digital Noise .............................................................. 105

    Noise Reduction Pro .......................................... 106

    Grain Surgery ..................................................... 106

    Digital GEM Professional ................................... 106

    Noise Ninja ........................................................ 107

    Noiseware .......................................................... 107

    Profiles in Infrared: Eric Cheng ................................. 108

    Creating Infrared Effects .................................................... 110

    Powerful Plug-ins for Conversion to IR ..................... 111

    Not So Pseudo-Infrared Color ................................... 116

    Using Actions .............................................................. 117

    Film & Grain Fx Simulator by das bosun ............ 119

    Black and White Infrared Film by Rozilynn ....... 119

    Craig's Actions ................................................... 120

    Cross Processing ........................................................ 122

    Do Your Curves Look Like Mine? ....................... 126

    Cross-Processing Plug-ins ................................... 127

    Profiles in Infrared: Reggie Linsao .............................. 128

    Printing IR Images with Ink Jet Printers .................... 130

    Inks and Papers .......................................................... 130

    Printing Your Photos ................................................. 132

    Proofing ........................................................... 132

    Printing ............................................................. 132

    Portfolios ........................................................... 132

    Managing Accurate Color 132

    Lord Kelvin and the Temperature of Light ......... 133

    Monitor Calibration ............................................ 134

    Color Spaces ...................................................... 136

    Output Solutions ........................................................ 136

    Baby Can I Drive Your Printer .......................... 137

    Ink on Paper .......................... ............................ 139

    So Waddaya Do to Get the Best Results? ............ 139

    Profiles in Infrared: Rick Sammon .............................. 140

    Black and White in Color .......................................... 142

    Printing Challenges 142

    Get to Know Your Printer Driver ........................ 144

    Making a Personal Test Print .............................. 145

    Ink Jet Papers ............................................................. 146

    Long Lasting Prints .................................................... 147

    Profiles in Infrared: Steve & Aaron Cathcart .............. 148

    Website Resources ................................................................ 150

    Glossary .................................................................................... 152

    Index ...................................................................................... 158

  • forewordBy Rick Sammon

    8 foreword

  • Photo Joe Farace

    Photo Rick Sammon

    W henever my Uncle Benny walked into aroom and flipped on the light switch,he always announced, "Let there belight." Sometimes he used a more witty approachand said, "Let me shed a little light on the subject."Hey, it may be corny, but Uncle Benny was rightabout one thing: We photographers would be lostwithout light.

    Technically speaking, when we take pictures we'rerecording visible light on a piece of film or a digitalimaging sensor. That's why it's important to closelyobserve a scene's lighting conditions before wemake a picture.

    But what about invisible "light," such as infraredradiation?

    complete guide to digital infrared photography 9

  • One of my earliest photographic memories was watch-

    ing my mother hand color a black-and-white picture.

    For me, it was magical to see the

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