What will I learn on the How to take better Infrared Photos Workshop?
Taking Infrared photos is about taking pictures with a wavelength of light that you cannot see. Most photographs whether in black and white or colour have a look that is widely recognised as being the status quo. Infrared capture on the other-hand brings a look that’s not like any other within straight black and white or colour photography.
There is an air of mystery surrounding infrared photography, its other-worldly appearance offers expressive photographers a great number of possibilities. This form of photography is recognised as an art form in its own right since the discovery of its practical uses in the early twentieth century. The infrared photos that are created with the medium can be quixotic, ghostly, pensive, sentimental or chilling.
The aim of the workshop is to make participants more aware of the possibilities for using infrared capture. By understanding the where and when, the what, how and why will become clearer.
The type of equipment you use is not important but the passion and vision you bring to your photographic practice is vital.
The How to take better Infrared Photos Workshop is in four parts
1 Visualising Infrared Photos Tutorial
We will discuss the different tonality achieved in a digital negative from IR light reflected from a variety of sources such as Broadleaf trees, Conifers, Lichen, Water, Clouds, People and Animals.
Hot Spots – Before coming on the workshop, when using a converted digital camera it is recommended that you test your prefered lenses for hot spots – an area of recorded tone that is much brighter than surrounding areas. Post-processing will not effectively remove a hot spot.
For example, I use a wide-angle zoom on a converted digital body which does not produce a hot spot. If I fit a telephoto zoom lens to the same camera body a hot spot is produced.
Therefore it is a good idea to be safe rather than sorry.
Exposure and Focus
|Infrared Film||Digital camera with IR Filter||IR Converted digital camera|
|Exposure||Kodak HIE Film400 ISOf111/60 – 1/250|
Tripod not required
|Circular R72 Filter prefered. (Square filters introduce reflections between the filter and lens)Tripod required||Exposures similar to daylight without an IR filter400 ISO1/90 – 1/250f11|
Tripod not required
|Focus||Most accurate with a IR calibration dot on a prime lens. Not a feature of most lenses for digital bodies.||Manually focussed and locked before the filter is attached to the lens||For a dedicated IR Camera body, Focus can be re-calibrated for IR only|
Having a camera converted to record Infrared photos
Advanced Camera Services http://advancedcameraservices.co.uk/what-we-do/ offer a range of different Infrared filter conversion services.
For a wealth of information about IR photography including a Lens Hot Spot Database see the Kolarivision website.
2 Taking Infrared photos in the gardens of the Stourhead gardens and park
The world-famous landscape gardens and park surrounds a glistening lake. There are towering trees, exotic rhododendrons, classical temples and a magical grotto to explore. A perfect place to discover the magical effects of Infrared photos.
3 Regular picture reviews throughout the day
Participants will have an opportunity to share their vision and style with each other. We all look and see differently.
4 A review at the end of the day
We gather for a brief session to reinforce the main points of the workshop.
You will have an opportunity to take pictures like these
“A big thank you for a most enjoyable day at Stourhead. It was good to chat with you and pick up some really useful tips.”
“A friend recently pointed out that Andy Beel was running an infrared (IR) photography workshop at Stourhead on 11 September. As a relative newcomer to infrared photography, I decided to sign up for two reasons:
- To get hints and tips from someone with more experience in this genre
- To force me to devote a whole day’s shooting to infrared
Andy limits attendees to a maximum of four people and charges a reasonable price for the workshop. By chance, I bumped into Andy the day before the workshop (at FotoFest) and discovered I was the only participant. In the event, a lady named Fay had signed up at the last minute, which was great, providing someone else to bounce ideas around with.
After a brief introductory chat about IR over a cup of coffee, the three of us set off for the day’s shooting. While guiding us around the site, Andy threw in suggestions for locations and angles, having familiarised himself with the site previously. There wasn’t a lot of technical discussions – Andy’s focus was more on the tonal effects of shooting IR and what makes good subjects for the IR treatment. No doubt he could provide the necessary help and information to anyone just getting started in IR.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and went home quite tired – and a bit damp – after spending six hours (with a break for lunch) walking around the site taking pictures. A big thank you to Andy and Fay for making the day such fun.”
“Andy, Having got back from holiday I’ve had an opportunity to review the images taken on the recent IR workshop at Stourhead. Despite having no prior experience of IR and no time to practice on my converted camera, your guidance on the day enabled me to build on the skills learned on earlier workshops/manuals with you and produce raw images I could develop.
Whilst still on a steep learning curve, I am very pleased with some of the photographs. No doubt with further reflection on the images captured and more post-processing practice, I will be able to improve on the output but thank you for an excellent day. “
Is the How to take better Infrared Photos Workshop for me?
To get you started, there is a huge range of subjects to focus on in the Stourhead estate. All you need is a circular R72 Filter, a Tripod and a mood of enquiry to find a pleasing composition and the optimum exposure. If you have an old digital camera that has been converted to Infrared capture that is great and you can leave your tripod at home. If you are using a filter you will need a tripod to enable longer exposures.
The workshop is a safe learning zone to enable you to make mistakes and ask questions when it is not vital to get the perfect shot. By the end of the workshop you will have greater confidence to take pictures in Infrared, based on the tutorials and feedback throughout the day.
Dates and Times
Starting at 10.00 the workshop concludes at 16.00
The parking and entrance fee to the Stourhead estate is parking £4 and entrance £16 for non-National Trust members. For NT members parking and entrance is free.
Included in the cost
- Visualising Infrared photos tutorial
- Individual or group picture reviews
- Guidance to photography locations
- Suggestions on composition, exposure and lens choice
- On-going email support
Excluded from the cost
Transport to Stourhead estate, entrance fee if not a National Trust member, parking, meals and refreshments
Why not book an Online Picture Review to give you the full benefit of your time and effort on the workshop.
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