Styles 101: What is Infrared Photography?

Clients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of photography, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles out there that some professional photographers offer. To help them better understand the types of photography that can be illustrated in their carefully created images, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Infrared photography, also referred to as IR photography, is created using special film or sensors that are capable of picking up infrared light. Infrared light is a section of the light spectrum that can’t be seen by the naked eye. However, with special camera equipment, photographers are able to capture images where infrared light can pass through.

The effects achieved by infrared photography often look quite surreal and otherworldly. Colors are completely different from the actual colors of the objects shown in the photo, and textures will also take on a new look. For clients who want something more unusual and unique, infrared photography is a great style to request.


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