Photography is the art of capturing light. Infrared photography, on the other hand, is the art of capturing invisible light. IR photography opens up a new visual dimension for the photographer, a somewhat ‘different’ way of looking at the world around us.
The spectrum of light is much wider than what the human eye can capture and, until CCD sensors became affordable to the general public, the only way to capture infrared radiation was to use special film, sensitive to this part of the spectrum.
Why Don’t We See Ultraviolet Or Infrared?
The traditional answer to this question was that most of the sun’s radiation is visible light, so our eyes evolved to see those wavelengths. However, the sun also gives off a whole lot of infrared radiation. What would it be like if our eyes evolved to see infrared light?
If we could see infrared, the sky would appear dark,almost black, and grass and trees very bright, almost white. Our veins would shine darkly through our skin, and your eyes very dark without any highlights.
How about a different type of portrait this summer?
How about a display of “fine art” photography in your home? Infrared Photography is a stunning addition to your collection of family photos! A blue sky will appear almost black, while foliage will get a distinct white color. Skin tones are creamy white. This creates amazing contrast in the image that makes the photo ‘pop’!