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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Welcome to Spring!

The Vernal equinox occurs today, making it the first day of Spring. Now that Spring has arrived, why not try capturing some Spring foliage in IR? Infrared creates a totally different look. Here’s some to enjoy.

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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. Read More→

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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Beautiful short film with infrared footage

Be sure to watch this film now as it may be taken down soon!

The film was shot with a Canon C300 and an infrared converted Canon 5D mk2. “When you find me” is the result of a photo competition were 8 final photographs were selected from almost 100,000 submissions. Those photographs were then used as the basis for the story.

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Why You Should Consider The Panasonic Lumix G Series Cameras For IR Conversion

If you’re a Nikon or a Canon user and considering shooting infrared or already are shooting infrared and just looking to upgrade from an older model you’d never normally even consider going to an outside brand camera. Well, you really should! At least open it up as an option as there are some great advantages.

Comparison of a Canon 5D, Panasonic Lumix G3 and Lumix GF3 cameras

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The tribal world of Guizhou captured with digital infrared

My earliest memories are of spinning a globe, always drawn to the last mysterious corners of the world. Photographing the people, festivals and sacred sites in the tribal areas of Asia, my passion is to visually capture the rituals that define our lives and to create images that explore our human connections as they are formed. My ongoing body of work, “Still Points in a Turning World”, explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.

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Do Your Research Before Ordering a Conversion

We recently added a new page to our website titled “The Wall Of Shame” which showcases infrared conversion work done by our supposed “competitors”. We frequently get cameras in from unsatisifed customers of these “competitors” who are fed up with the poor performance, focus, dust, etc and who are looking to get a good conversion once and for all.

We like to think that we have seen it all as far as bad conversions got but from time to time we still get a “surprise”.  Here is a recent example:


The rainbow colored rings you see on the sensor is something called Newton Rings and caused by interaction of light between two touching glass surfaces. The resulting images look just like what you see, I can’t imagine anyone doing this, but they have.

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We launched our blog!

We launched our blog! Watch this section for lots of great advice, tutorials, articles, photos and videos about infrared, ultraviolet, full spectrum and normal, visible light photography as well.

We thought the best way we can present the most relevant, fresh, high quality content is to tap into our diverse and talented customer base.We  hereby officially invite you to guest blog on our site, share your experiences, techniques & images.

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