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.
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.
Here are some other examples of Infrared images with texture layers added. I encourage you to start collecting your own texture images and try blending some into your Infrared work.Continue Reading >>
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Often when processing Infrared images, the decision is made to swap color channels to create the stunning blue skies we love to see. While the process is not difficult, I have found a way to swap color channels quickly.
If you are using Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop, there is a free plugin from a group called Flaming Pear http://www.flamingpear.com/
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.
How many times have you had a quick opportunity for that great shot, but when you grab your camera something just isn’t right?
Here’s a couple of simple ideas
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!
According to recent reports, Canon, Nikon and Sony are the only three camera companies predicted to survive the Smart Phone revolution. Sales of small point n shoot cameras have declined, and sales of mirrorless cameras have not met expectations. Continue Reading >>
New Site is Now Live
After months of hard work the new site is up and running. We’ve added lots of great features, new logo, improved navigation and a new shopping system.
Awesome new video published
The video showcases some great infrared photography and cinematography while explaining how infrared conversion works and why to choose LifePixel.
Klaus 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.
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 >>
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.
Jane 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.
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Article & Photos by Brad Barr
Okay, so at the first thought, wedding photography and Infrared are two things that don’t seem to go together. In some instances, that may be correct, BUT (you knew there was gonna be a but, right?), a close examination might reveal dozens of opportunities to make truly unique wedding imagery by utilizing the characteristics that IR photography brings to the table. When utilized correctly, IR wedding imagery can be quite stunning, and not only set you apart from the crowd of photographers out there but also give your clients something that is quite amazing to put on their walls.
To explore how to get to that point, one must consider what IR is…or more correctly what it isn’t What is is not, is a quick and easy way to cure all your photographic ails. Many a photographer has gone into it thinking that just because it was an infrared image per se, that the world would beat a path to their door. Simply put, that’s not the case. What makes a great IR image, really isn’t that much different than what makes a “great image” in the first place. That is, great use of light, angle, and composition. IR is no different in that respect, although many of the examples folks see are “just an IR image”. In other words, little thought was used in its composition and use of light, and angles. The basic rules of composition are no different. That said, if you can apply these basic photographic essentials to your IR work, then you can really have something that rises above the average. Something remarkable. It is to that end, that one should embark on the journey to create IR imagery, and IR wedding imagery specifically. Some of the things that really work well in IR photography are: foliage of course, but also, clouds, water, sky, any architecture and anything with texture, much like any monochromatic image. Because you cant actually “see” infrared light, it’ll take a bit for you to become accustomed to the way your IR converted camera will “see” any given scene. You’ll learn to embrace direct sunlight, solar flare, shadows, and especially trees and water.Continue Reading >>