Infrared Shooting

I’ve had a fair amount of experience shooting infrared, and with the announcement of Panasonic’s EVA I thought it a good time to share some of that with the internets.

Shooting Advice

  • Shoot in crappy light

The light that you’re always avoiding–noon exteriors that make your subject look like Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy–that’s the light that always impresses me in IR.

  • Find textural detail

IR in Post

Use DaVinci Resolve. Even just for still photos, Adobe has long required the use of a convoluted workflow to get good IR results out of a raw photo. You have to make your own custom camera profile because the white balance sliders don’t let you compensate for the extreme amount of red in the image.