- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584281448
- ISBN-13: 978-1584281443
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,913,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photos are nice with some good information about anticipating how an image might appear and related composition advice was good.
I was disappointed, however, and primarily because the title led me to believe that it was a professional-level book about infrared techniques. In actuality, it gives a cursory introduction to a narrow swath of ideas about infrared. If you are interested in using infrared in wedding photography, this is a terrific book, as about half of the images are of weddings.
What I didn't learn was how infrared technique differed from traditional digital. What of histograms readings? Photoshop work? or how to adjust the sometimes odd result from the camera into a beautiful print.
In the slim, 123-page book, the author presents a history of infrared, film photography with infrared, the difference between film and digital, and info about cameras and lenses. This takes you to page 64. The next chapter -- finally -- is "Shooting Techniques," pages 65-78. This chapter has fifteen images associated with it, twelve of which are wedding photographs. The remainder of the book is dedicated to how "infrared sees" and -- you guessed it -- a chapter on weddings. That means, pages 65-78 include the "professional techniques." These are items such as the need for longer exposures when using a filter (duh), and that you can use the manual RGB or B&W setting on the camera (making a correction that otherwise would have been done in Photoshop, and with more control.) His reasoning for shooting in RGB? A wedding couple loved the "edgy look" on the camera's screen. Might there be a technical reason?
So, sadly, I didn't learn anything I hadn't already gleaned from a quick trip around the Internet. On the other hand, if you want to learn about digital infrared wedding photography, this would be a great choice. Took bad that wasn't what was advertised.
Some of the information remains valid, but consider that the author, a PPA-type wedding/portrait photographer with all the credentials, is working with a converted Nikon Coolpix 990 and you realize that technology has moved on since this was published. Also, the Photoshop advice is seriously dated.
The author explains in depth the process of modifying a camera for infrared and why a professional photographer should do this. In his class, he took us outdoors to take photos with one of his modified Coolpix cameras and let everyone try it and see the results. It is so easy and the pictures are so great, just like he shows in the book. The real "wow factor" for me is when he photographed one of the ladies in the class. When we examined the results, we were able to see for ourselves how flattering digital infrared is for portrait photography. There are several great examples of this in the book, but it is nothing like seeing it for yourself instantly.
The book is great. It covers everyhting and more that I was able to get from his photography class. The book will be a great reference guide for me and a source for inspiration and ideas. Buy the book to learn the techniques of digital infrared photography and if you ever get an opportunity to take a class with this author, don't miss it.