#103 – Don Komarechka – Infrared Photography

Infrared Photography

A topic I have wanted to cover a long time is Infrared Photography, thankfully Don was able to returned and walk us through it.

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Don Komarechka

(from Don’s website – go here for his write-up.

[person name="Don Komarechka" picture="http://www.jpeg2raw.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/image-300×203.png" pic_link="" title="Infrared & Macro Photographer" email="don@komarechka.com " facebook="https://www.facebook.com/komarechka" twitter="https://twitter.com/donkom" linkedin="" dribbble="" linktarget="_self"]Don Komarechka is an award-winning nature and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Charged with emotion and beauty, Don’s photography is backed by a passion for capturing the natural world. Don’s photos convey a sense of peaceful wonder, creating curiosity and intrigue in the viewer. While much of his work is done locally, many have a national and world-wide appeal. Don has taught Nature & Landscape Photography and Macro Photography, and loves to share his passion for the visual world. “Every photo has a story – the best come from the spectacular capture of ordinary moments.”[/person]


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Book – Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes

Don is currently at the midpoint (52 days) of a project to photograph snowflakes.  This is the third day in a row that Don has taken a unique snowflake for 100 days in a row.

Don’s inspiration is trying something new.  We now have the topic of Infrared Photography.

  • What is Infrared Photography?

    • Near Infrared, the red spectrum that humans can see to just below what we can see.  However a camera can capture these photos through either a filter or camera modification.

  • Do I need to convert my camera? or use a filter?

    • Camera manufactures place a special filter in front of the sensor to block infrared rays.  You can place a filter in front of the lens to allow infrared light in, however, you will probably take 30+ second exposures.  You will not be able to see through the viewfinder.  You need to use a tripod, compose the shot and then place the filter in front of the lens to get a shot. 

  • When is the best time of the day to shoot IR?

    • When the sun is up high with few clouds

  • How do you set up the white balance?

    • Automatic WB will make the shot look red.  To see the WB point at  a patch of grass to set the Custom WB.  This will show a more accurate rendition of the scene for infrared,

  • Can all cameras capture IR with a filter or be converted?

    • Best cameras are dSLR with Live View.  Using a company such as Life Pixel – will remove filter from the front of the sensor and place a infrared filter.

    • Filter choices – Standard / Enhanced.

  • ho do you recommend for the conversion? – Life Pixel

  • How do you edit IR images?

    • Lightroom – not very effective for infrared photography.  Color Temperature hardwired to only go to 2000 Kelvin

      • Utilize calibration – Red / Green / Blue

      • Utilize DNG Profile editor – you can go to negative 100

    • Utilize Photoshop to swap photo channel to create blue skies

  • IR has the ability to cut through haze and display the sky in much more detail than a normal image.

    • Infrared behaves very different than what we are used to

  • Are there different types of IR filters or conversions?

  • Any challenges using a IR filter?

    • Focus

    • Exposure





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geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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