How To Take Better Infrared Photos


11 September 2017

Location – Stourhead, Wiltshire
Mere BA12 6QF


  • Visualising Infrared photos tutorial
  • Participant picture reviews
  • Only 4 participants allowing for your individual guidance
  • Fitness level 1 of 3
  • Wide variety of photo shoot locations
  • On-going email support after the workshop
  • Excellent value for money

Fully Booked on 19 July and 5 August

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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.

Practical considerations

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 ISO


1/60 – 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 ISO

1/90 – 1/250

Tripod not required

FocusMost 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 lensFor a dedicated IR Camera body, Focus can be re-calibrated for IR only
Having a camera converted to record Infrared photos

Advanced Camera Services 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.”

David Shawe

Hi Andy,

“I’m very pleased with the set of images I’ve got to work on.

Two very quick attempts at ‘different’ subjects as my wife packs for our cruise around me!

Will have a more structured process  working on a selection of the images when I get back,

Thank you for Saturday”.

Dennis Jeffery

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.


“A relaxed style, knowledgeable, a fresh approach to images.”

John Livy – Limington  

On-going email support

Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited on-going email support. So if you have a question, please email me

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please go to our frequently asked questions page for more information.


Dates and Times

Starting at 11.00 on 11 September, the workshop concludes at 16.00

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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.

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Included in the cost

  • Visualising Infrared photos tutorial
  • Individual or group picture reviews
  • Expert 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

Additional Benefits

Why not book an on-line picture review to give you the full benefit of your investment in yourself?

See how else you can gain skills and knowledge to boost your photographic confidence with Taster Days, Workshops and Masterclasses.

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