Digital Infrared Photography Primer

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction to infrared photography

History of infrared photography
Applications/uses
  1. Medicine
  2. Military
  3. Astronomy
  4. Botany
  5. Ecology
  6. Forensics
  7. Law enforcement
  8. Art

Chapter 2 – Basic Theory

The electromagnetic spectrum
  1. Ultraviolet light
  2. Visible light
  3. Near infrared light
  4. Far infrared light
  5. Color is reflected light

  1. Infrared focus marks on lenses

3 – Film Infrared Photography

  1. Film choices
  2. Film sensitivity
  3. Film handling
  4. Camera choices
  5. Filter choices
  6. Focus techniques
  7. Exposure methods
  8. Reciprocity

4 – Digital Infrared Photography

  1. Sensitivity
  2. Grain
  3. Glow
  4. Mobility
  5. Focus
  6. Previews
  7. Costs
  8. Handling
  9. Manipulation
  1. IR sensitivity
  2. How to test
  3. Sensor type
  4. CCD/CMOS
  5. Sensor Size
  6. Hot mirror filter
  7. Stock vs modified

  1. DIY modification
  2. Professional modification
  1. Portability
  2. Image quality
  3. Lens choices
  4. Lens speed
  5. Hot spots
  6. Ability to attach filters
Lenses
External filters
  1. IR filters
  2. ND filters
  3. Polarizing filters
Internal filters for modified cameras
  1. Deep BW Infrared Filter
  2. Standard Color Infrared Filter
  3. Enhanced Color Infrared Filter
  4. Super Color Infrared Filter
  5. Super Blue Infrared Filter
  6. Full Spectrum (UV/IR/Visible) Filter

5 – Infrared Shooting Techniques

Importance of white balance
  1. Setting white balance
Importance of RAW file capture
  1. Photoshop RAW vs OEM RAW software
Focusing considerations
Exposure
Tripod
Filters
Electronic Flash

Conventional
Modified to IR