New Zealand in Infrared

A while back I converted an old Canon 30D to infrared.  I used a company called LifePixel but there are several others that can do it for you.  You can even do it yourself if you are so inclined.

After you have a converted SLR you still aren’t done.  The pictures need some work after you get them out of the camera.  LifePixel has a photoshop tutorial that works but I do most of processing in Lightroom.  Here is the best tutorial I found to help you process the photos in Lightroom.

After you’ve done all of this you still need to play around a bit to find out what works and what doesn’t.  I haven’t mastered the technique yet but here are some that I liked from the trip.

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2 Responses to “New Zealand in Infrared”

  1. sean says:

    What exactly is infrared? It gives a very cool effect to the scenery pictures but people pretty much look the same.

  2. nathan says:

    The camera was modified to be sensitive to infrared light only and not to the visibile light spectrum. A couple of the main effects are with foliage because it strongly reflects infrared light. It also produces darker skys and makes clouds stand out more. For people, the effect isn’t as strong but it does give the skin a softer look because infrared light reflects a couple millimeters into the skin and not off the surface. Gives the effect of smoother skin because it penetrates past wrinkles and other imperfections.

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