Coming To Grips With Digital Infrared
Last week I took delivery of a newly infrared converted Canon 5D Mark II. My first foray into Infrared Photography. The conversion was undertaken by Advanced Camera Services who came highly recommended. I opted for the 720nm filter which allows False Colour, and allows only IR light on to the sensor. My original plan was to only use it for black and white images, but the 720nm also allows me to process colour images.
My first results with the camera were mixed. I paired it up with the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L. This lens is highly recommended lenses for IR Photography. I quickly realised that I had to watch the histogram more than usual. I also hadto employ exposure compensation a lot more regularly. As much as a full stop either way. You will need to be prepared for a bit of postprocessing too. My take is if you are adverse to using Photoshop maybe this isn’t the thing for you.
Best results are obtained on sunny days, which is great as they are the worst days for Woodland Photography with a standard camera. I will be posting my IR photographs here and you’ll be able to follow my progress (or lack of it) as well.