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Infrared Photography

Infrared photography is a type of photography that was not born with digital cameras but already existed a long time ago, still with what was “film” photography. In fact, there were special films, the most famous and widespread was that of Kodak HIR Infrared, out of production since 2006 or that of Rollei Infrared 400, still in production.

This type of photography is something quite different from what traditional photography can be as it “captures” a part of “light” that our eye is not able to see. What is “recorded” belongs to a world that is totally invisible to us and that only certain types of beings in the animal world are able to perceive. For this reason, it lends itself very much to artistic interpretation and to various personal post-production techniques.

Of course, with the advent of digital, infrared photography has become easier since the sensors, natively, have a significant sensitivity in the infrared field. However, not all digital cameras are suitable for taking infrared photos because they generally have a special filter that has the purpose of eliminating this type of frequency to improve what is standard photography. A more complete and comprehensive description of what infrared photography is can be found in my notes here.


Near Infrared Photography

Near infrared photography is the one that can be considered the most “artistic” as it lends itself to giving a personal interpretation of the raw image in the post-production phase.

This type of photography uses a filter with a fairly wide band and very close to that of the red color. The result is that a part of the red is “registered” and consequently processed with unique and artistic results.

To learn more about the technique used to obtain these results, you can look at my notes here on the site.


Deep Infrared Photography

Unlike near infrared photography, deep infrared photography “records” a part of the visible spectrum that is “far” from what our eye perceives as the color Red.

The signal therefore collected is almost practically that of the Luminance alone, that is a simple shade of black and white.

For particular characteristics in which this frequency range is found, the depth of black and white is very strong with particularly “strong” contrasts already in the shooting phase.

To learn more about the technique used to obtain these results, you can look at my notes here on the site.