This past May I wrote a blog “The Beauty of Infrared Photography”. Even though I have taken many photographs using infrared film and infrared filters during my photography career, I’ve never really took the opportunity to shoot looking for the beauty what the film could create.
These past few months I’ve been out shooting with Infrared #72 filter using my Fujifilm X-H1 with my 14mm and 50mm lenses. (during my research it was important to make sure I used the lenses that don’t leave a hot spot on my image).
Infrared is cool and fun to shoot. Yes they recommend to shoot between 10AM - 4PM. I do know during those times and if the sun is bright, your exposure starts around six seconds (with ISO 200, f/8 which depends on your lens). Set your camera to black & white so you can view your subject easier. The great thing about shooting with a mirrorless camera, you can see exactly how your exposure will look…or close to it. Plus auto focusing with the filter on. And if you like being out in the middle of a sunny day you will enjoy it. How many photographers will you see out there with you?? YES! No clutter of people.
How hard is it to process and/or edit your work? Not hard at all. I open my RAW images in Adobe Camera RAW, click on the white balance and begin to make adjustments anyway to my liking. Before I upgrade to Capture One 12 I was able to open my images in the software. I can still open them in 12 but they open black & white, not with the IR color (red). Camera RAW works great.
So if you want to do something different in photography and love the sun try infrared. A couple of dollars for the filter (beats converting an entire camera).
Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens, XF 50mm f/2 R WR lens, and Hoya Infrared #72 red filter.