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ERIC Number: EJ916660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Affordable, Accessible, Immediate: Capture Stunning Images with Digital Infrared Photography
Snyder, Mark
Tech Directions, v70 n7 p17-21 Feb 2011
Technology educators who teach digital photography should consider incorporating an infrared (IR) photography component into their program. This is an area where digital photography offers significant benefits. Either type of IR imaging is very interesting to explore, but traditional film-based IR photography is difficult and expensive. In addition to being costly and hard to acquire, IR film is extremely sensitive. Photographers must take special care regarding light and temperature when processing and storing IR film. Loading film is difficult and exposures are very much a hit-or-miss process. And the photographer must wait for film and prints to be developed before knowing whether his or her efforts were successful. All these factors make traditional film-based IR photography extremely challenging for nonprofessional photographers. IR photography is much easier with the right digital equipment and methods. Assembling the necessary equipment is quite easy. The main requirements are access to a digital camera that doesn't block IR light and a lens that allows the attachment of filters. Then, one needs only acquire an IR filter to fit onto the end of the lens and one can immediately explore the world of invisible light. One of the biggest advantages of capturing digital IR images is that students can immediately see the results. This article helps technology educators identify whether a digital camera is capable of capturing IR images and, if so, how they and their students can optimize IR photography results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A