What can you expect?

This workshop will give you a taste of what photographing with infrared light can mean for your visual language with a digital camera. Ariane provides some converted cameras with which you can explore this. There are also filters available that allow you to approach this phenomenon with your own digital camera, although in this case the options are somewhat more limited.

The workshop consists of two parts:

1 A demo with inspiration, explanation, photo examples and image editing.
2 A practical part in which you start exploring infrared photography yourself.

This workshop informs you about:

1 How do I take an IR photo? How do I set up the camera? What should I pay attention to?
2 Filters: what is the influence of the choice of a filter?
3 How do I edit the infrared photos I have taken so that I make maximum use of the hidden color palette?

The results will be shared by everyone afterwards (if everyone agrees). Photos taken with converted cameras will be sent to the members of the group.

If you want to participate, basic knowledge of camera technology is a requirement.

You are able to focus manually, you know how to set ISO, aperture and shutter speed, compensate exposure, and you know how to conjure up a histogram of the three channels on a captured image, and what a histogram tells you.

Bring: tripod, own digital camera, black cardboard (A4), lens: preferably prime lens, but zoom is also possible.

Infrared Photography – Technical Info

The sensor of a digital camera is sensitive to more wavelengths than our eyes can ‘see’, from 300-1100 nm. Our eyes can just perceive about 380-780 nm. Because the average photographer wants to reveal in a photo what she/he has seen, a filter-set has been built in in front of the sensor of a digital camera. This set holds back all wavelengths of the light that our eyes are not sensitive to.

If you have that filter set removed, a range of new possibilities will arise. With infrared filters which block or transmit a specific range of wavelengths you can now choose which part of the spectrum you want to use to take a photo.

You can have these filters built in in front of the sensor, or you can use them as separate filters in front of your lens. The latter gives you more options. For example, you will be able to use your full spectrum camera as a ‘regular’ camera again.


Interested? Email or call me…