A Gift – FREE Software !

If you are a regular reader of Shutterbug Magazine and receive their emails you already know they have teamed up with DxO Optics to give away FREE copies of the image processing software, DxO OpticsPro8.

If you didn’t know, don’t worry I’ve got all the information right here.

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Product Review: Cap Gorilla

Have you ever looked at a new product and thought,… “It’s about time!” or “why didn’t I think of this?

Well this happened to me when I tried out the new Cap Gorilla.   I’ve heard it said there is genius in simplicity and this item proves it.  The basic idea behind Cap Gorilla is it is a device to hold your lens cap.

Who needs that?.?.?………. Every photographer in the world, that’s who.

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Canon releases new version of DPP

Canon released its fourth version of Digital Photo Professional, the software that comes with the camera. If you are a Nikon user, you just yawned, but for Canon users this is exciting news. DPP 4.0 will work with 64 bit operation systems and offers updates and improvements over the previous version, notably the ability to work with video. Now for the downside, it (for now) will only be available for full frame cameras, the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. For APS-C users, expect an updated version……soon.

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Adding Texture to Your IR Images

I want to show you a relatively simple way to jazz up your images and give them an artsy look. This involves blending layers. Simply put, we are going to stack two images, one on top of the other and then blend the two. Watch this short video. For this video, I am using Photoshop CS5 and an Infrared image that was taken using a Canon 50D converted with an Enhanced IR filter.

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First Shoot – Super Color Filter

Like most photographers, I have that shelf where old cameras go to die and collect dust. Recently, I took one and had it converted to Super Color Infrared. My experience with shooting Infrared has been with 3 cameras. First, the standard R72 (720nm) filter, a tripod, and very, very long exposures. Then I moved up to camera conversions.

I have had two DSLRs converted, both with Enhanced Color (665nm) conversions. The results have been great, and I love the quality of IR I can produce. I had heard that the Super Color Filter was the most popular conversion, and I really didn’t know what to expect. What I have found is quite exiting. I did my standard pre-shoot white balance and shot in RAW. The Super Color images have a much deeper (for lack of a better term) range. I have much more intense color tones, and even deeper Black & White images. Basically, I can get the look of all of the other filter conversions, depending on how I process the RAW images. If you are contemplating which filter choice to make, I highly suggest you consider the Super Color conversion.

Below is a sampling of my first couple of shoots with what is now my favorite camera.

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Artist Profile – Mark Hilliard

Mark Hilliard has been a photographer for half a century. His accumulated knowledge and skill level is reflected in his Infrared images.


1. Welcome Mark, please tell us about yourself and your background.

I am primarily a Landscape, Wildlife & Fine Art Photographer for 50 years now, I have extensively traveled the world chasing my photographic visions from South America to many locations in Europe. I also travel the United States several times a year.

I co-own the Lens Work Gallery in Pawleys Island where I specialize in fine art nature photography and run a Gicle’e printing service and a photographic training center where I teach 15 different photographic workshops & seminars! I (alone with Jamie Davidson) also lead several photographic excursions each year to hidden treasures of the southern east coast which are primarily Infrared based. We locate, visit and photograph many special places along the eastern shore and inland in Georgia, North Carolina and West Virginia! Aside from the great infrared locations I teach in-depth infrared post processing to all of our participants!

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Artist Profile – Klaus Priebe

Klaus-PriebeKlaus Priebe is a Photographer and artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He works in both Infrared and color, and his work is nothing short of stunning.

1. Welcome Klaus, How long have you been a photographer?

I have been enjoying photography for over 30 years now. I started my love for photography in high school when my grandpa bought me a 35mm camera. I lived across the street from the town photographer so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting and processing and printing BW film with him.

IR-Eternal-Light-2014-Klaus-Priebe2. How long have you been shooting Infrared?

I started shooting IR film when I was around 20 when I moved to Denver and began working in pro photo labs. I always loved the magical look of IR film and it stuck on me. I shot mostly HIE 35mm film and a lot of the Kodak 120-2424 BW infrared film. After many years in the darkroom I had become very allergic to film chemistry and had to give up working with film. I was pretty depress that I couldn’t develop and print my own work anymore. Soon after this Kodak discontinued the wonderful film. Shortly after that I had my first digital camera converted to IR from Lifepixel. I really liked it but lacked some of the magic IR film offered. Loved the Halation look to film. With strides in processing programs in the next several years I came to embrace my love for IR photography all over again. I have had several cameras converted to IR and now use a Canon t4i with the Lifepixel deep infrared conversion.Continue Reading >>

Springtime flowers in a new Light

Now that Spring has arrived, why not capture all those beautiful flowers in IR? Infrared can give such an amazing take on Spring Flowers. I’d like to share some techniques and suggestions for capturing beautiful images of flowers.

1. Start with the basics, shoot in RAW and do a custom white balance. Select an area of green foliage and try several different exposures. Following these two steps will make such a difference every time. The images below were both shot at ISO100, f3.5, 1/60 sec. The first image was shot without a white balance. The overall image has very little separation between the flower and the leaves; and mainly one color tone, Cyan. In the second image a quick set of 3 images was shot of just a group of leaves and a custom white balance set. Notice we now have a separation between the flower and the leaves. We also now have Red and white color tones.

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Artist Profile – Jane Linders

janelinders_IR-artist-photoJane Linders is an award-winning photographer whose prints are in numerous national and international collections. Jane has exhibited her work everywhere from her hometown of St Louis, Missouri to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. She is a tireless image maker, whose work can be seen in galleries, books, magazines and newspapers.

Interviewed by Dan Wampler


1. Welcome, please tell us about yourself and your background

I was born in St. Louis and started seriously with photography in 1995. I don’t have any formal training in art or photography, but learned my craft using two valuable tools: trial and error. My favorite subjects are dreamy landscapes, cemeteries and the quirky oddities of roadside Americana. Photography fits in well with my passion for nature and travel. I photography the places and things I see as I go about my daily life. I am drawn to alternative process photography , such as Polaroid transfers, emulsion lifts and cyano0types. I still use old printing processes from the 1850’s, so I have one foot in the digital age and another foot 150 yrs in the past.


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Getting started basics – White balance and Shooting RAW

Since this is my first posting, I wanted to explain a few things. My intention is show you ways to become a better Infrared Photographer, and enjoy the experience of capturing IR images. The important thing to keep in mind is this is an art form, and as such there many ways to create stunning Infrared images. What I will show are the techniques that I have had success with. I welcome feedback and suggestions on future subjects to make this Blog more useful. My contact information is available on my Bio page.

White balance and Shooting RAW

The two things that I feel make the biggest impact on an IR image are white balance and shooting in RAW.

White balance is the process of removing color casts, so that objects which appear white in reality are rendered white in your image. Many digital cameras do an excellent job of white balance on color images. With your IR converted camera, you need to “tell” the camera what white is. Since most IR produces images with foliage (trees, grass) as white, they are a natural for white balance. Each camera has a different procedure for manual white balance, but most allow for you to take and image to use as a reference. That image is used to establish what white is.Continue Reading >>

Anti Aliasing / Low Pass filter removal for sharper more detailed images

As many of you already know Nikon has released a special edition D800E version of its super high 36 megapixel resolution D800 camera body. Essentially the two cameras are identical in every way except the lack of the AA filter or Anti Aliasing filter in the D800E along with a higher price tag.
Why the missing AA filter you ask? Well, two reasons, sharper images and more captured fine detail in those images. This may be a great feature for studio and landscape photographers who may not mind the occasional occurrence of moire in SOME images while getting more sharpness and detail in EVERY image.

The bellow images and original ePHOTOzine article can be viewed by clicking the images bellow.

Stay tuned as we will be adding comparison images from various cameras we modify for our customers.

What about that moire? Pretty much every image post processing software now includes moire removal tools making it quite simple to remove in post processing (must capture in RAW). You could even batch process the images in a few of them to remove moire.

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