Unlock the secrets of infrared photography with the guidance of an award-winning expert. Join Ari Rex, a seasoned photographer with a passion for capturing the world in stunning infrared. With numerous awards and accolades under his belt, Ari brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his workshops, helping you take your skills to the next level. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, Ari's workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore the world of infrared photography and unleash your creativity. Sign up now and discover the magic of infrared photography with Ari Rex.
Infrared photography is a type of photography that uses a portion of the light spectrum that is not visible to the human eye, specifically the infrared region. The human eye cannot perceive the infrared light as it lies beyond the visible spectrum of light. By using an infrared filter on your DSLR or mirrorless camera, you can capture the infrared spectrum, producing intriguing effects. Colors and textures take on unique properties when reflected with infrared, also known as IR light.
One of the biggest things that photographers love about infrared photography is that it turns reality into dream-like scenes. The creative potential of infrared photography has no boundaries. A normal everyday scenery turns into a dystopian far away planet when you use infrared photography. The other thing that photographers love about IR photography is that unlike other genres of photography, which tend to avoid photographing during the middle of the day because of the harsh light, for infrared photography, that is a great time to photograph.
Infrared photography can be achieved in different ways, but typically involves using a special infrared filter that blocks visible light while allowing infrared light to pass through. This filter can be attached to the camera lens or built into the camera itself. Alternatively, some cameras may have an infrared mode that allows them to capture infrared images without the need for a filter.
Infrared photography can produce a variety of effects, depending on the subject matter and the specific infrared filter used. For example, foliage and vegetation often appear white or light-colored in infrared photography, while the sky can appear dark or even black. Infrared photography can also create interesting patterns and textures, particularly when photographing architectural or industrial subjects.
In summary, infrared photography can be a challenging but rewarding genre of photography, offering a unique and creative way to capture the world around us.
There are two main methods for photographing infrared light with digital cameras: using an infrared filter or converting the camera itself.
The first method involves attaching an infrared filter directly to the camera lens. These filters are similar in appearance to other camera filters and are made of dark glass that allows the camera to capture the IR spectrum. However, because conventional cameras have an IR blocking filter at the front of the sensor, using an IR filter requires longer exposure times and the use of a tripod. Additionally, because each lens requires a different filter size, purchasing multiple IR filters can be expensive. One solution is to purchase one IR filter with a larger thread size (such as 82mm) and several downsize adapter rings to fit all your lenses.
The second method involves converting the camera itself by replacing the factory hot filter with an infrared filter, usually with a 720nm wavelength. This method is more expensive because it requires paying for the conversion fee. However, it eliminates the need for long exposures and external filters and allows for sharper IR images with any lens. It's important to choose a reputable camera conversion service, such as Camera Clinic in Melbourne, Kolari Vision, or LifePixel in USA.
Attempting to do the conversion at home is not recommended as it can damage the camera. Alternatively, already converted cameras can be purchased from these specialized places or online marketplaces such as eBay.
What Is Covered
Fundamentals of infrared photography
White balance adjustments
How to use available light to capture amazing black and white infrared picture
How to compose dramatic infrared pictures
Camera parameters for capturing the highest quality infrared picture
Best gear suggestions
An on field demonstration post processing using a laptop will be held at the end of the workshop where we will also be reviewing the pictures that we will be taking during the day.
Verbal post-processing tips (hands on post-processing is not included in this workshop, but it's available in private tuition that can be booked separately here)
What Will I Need?
DSLR or mirrorless camera
Infrared Filter (you can borrow from me if you don't have one)
Sturdy tripod (no need if you already have an already converted camera)
No camera, no problem! Now you can hire a professional full frame already converted camera kit for an extra $90, available during checkout.
The full camera kit includes
- Canon IR converted full frame camera, short zoom lens, extra battery, camera bag.
Recommended But Not Required
Infrared converted camera
*Please note: In respect of our community and the owners of the land, trespassing is prohibited, we apply a "leave no trace" policy in all our workshops.
The workshop will be held in Canberra, Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm
This workshop is a little technical so to get the most out of it a basic understanding of camera functions and use of software like Lightroom is required.
Some moderate walking on a flat unpaved ground is required.
Details of meet up and workshop location will be sent a week before the beginning of the workshop.
Booking Terms & Conditions
This workshop can be booked only privately from Monday to Friday, contact us here for price and details
This workshop is also available as a One on One live workshop online with Ari. Please book here