Peggy Farren interviews photographer Julie Lee. Julie shares her interest and knowledge of infrared photography and equipment.
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Episode 65 Infrared Photography with Julie Lee
“The key to creativity is when you ask yourself, ‘What if…?’. You just never know what road you’re going to go down if you answer that question.”
Interest in photography started in high school
Purchased Pentax K1000 for college class
Came back to photography with kids and sports
Took classes at Crealde School of Art in Orlando
Former president Orlando camera club
– met many photographers
– exposed to many types of photography and post-processing techniques
Need bright sunlight – 10am to 4pm is best (overcast day will not work well)
Started with an IR filter (Hoya IR72, Singhray 690nm or 850nm) screwed onto lens of regular camera.
– Set tripod
– Set camera and composition
– iso 200 (longer exposure = more noise)
– Correct aperture & shutter speed
– Take test photo to check focus and composition
– Screw on filter, cover eyepiece (some light may leak in during long exposure) and take shot
*similar to using 10-stop ND filter*
Converted cameras can be handheld – don’t need long exposure
Best to have a “Live-View” feature
Julie uses a converted Fuji XT10
White balance – create a custom ‘hot button’
Focus on medium tone (18% gray) concrete or green grass
Customize your white balance
Always shoot in RAW mode
IR light focuses on a different plane than RGB – use live-view to focus
– 590nm lets in some visible light, faded-looking colors, more red/magenta and blue/cyan, captures much more data that can be manipulated in post-processing
– 720nm shows very little color
– 850nm purely black and white
Can occur with some lenses
White/light spot in center of frame
Reflection of light from lens coating onto sensor
Database of compatible cameras and lenses on LifePixel.com
– Tweak in Lightroom
– Shift Hue/Saturation sliders within color layers
– Adjust contrast/clarity, highlights, blacks and whites
– Try Nik Silver Efex
– Mostly word-of-mouth
– Some through Orlando Camera Club – able to post website in directory
– Small gallery –
Inching into ‘bird-in-flight’ photography (it sells)
Teaming up with Wayne Bennett Photography to do photo tours/workshops
New Mexico – March 2018
Badlands, SD – May 2018
Palouse, WA – June 2018
IR conversions, filters, lenses, info.
Some popular IR photographers may have a discount code on their website!
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