A Portrait of my Former Muse in Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

As I’ve mentioned here several times before, there really are no “official” subjects for digital IR photography. If you have time, please read Best Subjects for Infrared Photography.’ 

Some of the photographers who are profiled in my book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography, like to photograph people in IR. Today’s featured image is an infrared portrait my former muse, Tia Stoneman, who for some reason is the one person that I’ve photographed the most in infrared.

A muse is defined as a “woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.” For many years Tia inspired me and you’ve seen her photographs on my former blog and in my books but she has retired from modeling to concentrate on raising her children.

The above right image is how some infrared images look coming SOOC as a Canon RAW (CRW) file but not all IR images look the same. Depending on the time of day, lightning or in this case, lack of light, they sometimes look blue or have a magenta cast like this one. To see what it looks like as I traditional black & white infrared image, I processed the below photograph using Silver Efex Pro.


How I made this shot: Tia Stoneman was photographed using window light near the back door to my former home. Camera was a Canon 50D converted for infrared capture by LifePixel. Lens used was my favorite, the EF 85mm f/1.8. Exposure was 1/80 sec at f.2.5 and ISO 400. Before converting the image to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro, I used the dodging and burning tools in PhotoKit 2, then tweaked it in Color Efex Pro (Vignette Blur filter.)

I’ve found that Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and they have done conversions for some of my Canon DSLRs as well as all of my Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras, including a GX1 I converted using their new Hyper Color conversion. This is not a paid or sponsored endorsement, just my experience.




My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but new copies are available from Amazon for $29.95 and used copies for $7.99, as I write this. My book Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copies selling for $2.44 less than your next coffee at Starbuck