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Old 11-12-2009, 14:23   #1 (permalink)
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Question Seeing a shot in I.R, B&W or colour???

I was wondering if composition, seeing the shot etc is different if taking an image in I.R when compared to Mono (B&W) or colour.

I have never taken an I.R photo, however I have taken many photos in B&W and I feel that I have some ability in selecting a shot that looks better in B&W when compared to colour. Is this ability as important when shooting I.R?

Also, can you manipulate an I.R effect in Photoshop or Gimp?

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Re: Seeing a shot in I.R, B&W or colour???

Hi clickhere, composition is different for all three. When concidering dark to light that's smooth to look at and most of all easy on the eye to see what it is your composing. Light reflects differently in the color spectrum and our eyes only see up to 600 or so many nonometers in the color spectrum to near infrared. In near infrared above 700 nanometers the colors reflect with less color as the color is blocked out by filters in this range. You see pure near infrared reflected and none reflected. Reflected being lighter and none reflected darker. I would imagine that the reflected color spectrum is a lot more complicated , I haven't studied that. You can manipulate IR in photoshop but you have a white balance issue that Is small but does change your custom white balance if you use one, a minor point but one non the less.
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Re: Seeing a shot in I.R, B&W or colour???

for the very detailed answer Boofers. My head is now spinning and I think I need a nap...

By the way, I didn't actually mean that people literally see in B&W, colour or IR - I meant it as a figure of speech. Anyway, thanks for the information about nanometres in the colour spectrum; it looks like I need to do some research after my nap...

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Re: Seeing a shot in I.R, B&W or colour???

When you wake up, think about how light makes any picture better.
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Re: Seeing a shot in I.R, B&W or colour???

When I woke up today, I looked up and through some articals about light and so on. Color light is very complicated as I thought but I would guess easy to understand. Here is a link about saturation which I feel is an important part of composition and subjects in any color spectrum.
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I was wondering if composition, seeing the shot etc is different if taking an image in I.R when compared to Mono (B&W) or colour.

I have never taken an I.R photo, however I have taken many photos in B&W and I feel that I have some ability in selecting a shot that looks better in B&W when compared to colour. Is this ability as important when shooting I.R?

Also, can you manipulate an I.R effect in Photoshop or Gimp?
Definitely some shots work better than others when composing for IR but I'd say in much the same way as B&W (and similar compositions). I tend to shoot (when I get around to it - haven't for ages ) in IR and visible in that removal of the IR-blocking-dustscreen allows the full spectrum. The result are shots that are more IR duotoned (naturally rather than artificially created) in IR with the blue spectrum which I find quite pleasant. It also allows me to see the scene through the viewfinder, as normal - although exposure control works fine with or without an IR filter (which will block visible)
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