Color Doesn't Exist book cover "I have no doubt that it will be the reference work
on IR photography for years to come!"

-KB

What is Infrared Photography?

Infrared (IR) photography is bold, surreal, and otherworldly. Unlike standard photography, it captures light not visible to the human eye. While commonly used with landscape photography, IR can be paired with any genre of photography.

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As the name suggests, Color Doesn’t Exist: A Practical Guide to Infrared Photography is the practical guide to the world of infrared photography. Even for experienced photographers, infrared photography can present many challenges. The path to great images is filled with twists, turns, roadblocks, and dead ends. I have traveled down this path, and I would like to be your navigator.

This book is focused on learning. It makes a complex topic open and accessible to any photographer. I strive to be straightforward, easy to understand, and comprehensive, like my videos and articles. My goal is for you to get past the typical stumbling blocks of infrared photography and explore your creativity.

Pitfalls of Infrared Photography

IR photography was first popularized with infrared-sensitive film. Today, most IR photography is done with digital cameras. While digital cameras have made it easier to capture infrared images, there are still pitfalls. Lens hot spots, white balance, focus, increased diffraction, and color swapping make IR photography more challenging than visible light. Each of these topics is covered in depth.

Cameras & Lenses

Cameras & Lenses

Can I use any camera to capture infrared images? Which lens will produce hot spots when shooting infrared light?

Camera Conversion

Camera Conversion

Do I need to convert a camera for infrared photography? Which camera should I convert? Is converting a camera risky?

Infrared Filters

Infrared Filters

Which filter should I use? Which filters can I use with an unconverted camera? Which filters are best for vivid colors? Which filters are best for black and white infrared images?

White Balance

White Balance

How do I white balance infrared images? Do I need to white balance when shooting? Can I set a custom white balance on grass?

Shooting

Shooting

How do I focus in infrared light? What settings will produce sharp images in infrared?

Editing

Editing

Do I need special profiles for my camera? Which raw editor should I use to edit infrared photos? Can I edit infrared images without a software subscription? How do I process infrared images?

Who this book is for

Photographers of all skill levels will benefit from this volume. If you have never shot in IR, the Quick Start Guide will help you get started with your camera by adding just one filter. If you want to convert a camera, you’ll gain confidence in your choice. If you are learning infrared photography, read a chapter to expand your knowledge in a specific area. If you are an expert in infrared photography, this book makes a great reference guide.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Here is a list of the chapters included in the book.

Quick Start Guide

  • Equipment
  • Shooting
  • Editing

Foundation

  • What Is Infrared Light?
  • Styles
  • Color Temperature

Equipment

  • Converted vs. Unconverted
  • IR & UV Filters
  • Visible Light Filters
  • Filter Form Factors
  • Filter Recommendations
  • Lenses

Shooting

  • Focus
  • Diffraction
  • White Balance while Shooting
  • Subject, Light & Color

Developing

  • Monochrome Processing
  • Profiles for White Balance
  • White Balance while Editing
  • Color Processing
  • Lightroom Hue Mask

  • Enhanced Profiles for Lightroom
  • Color Balance & Color Grading
  • Raw Editors
  • Color Space
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Feedback on Video Tutorials

“An absolute goldmine of information - clearly explained. I am delighted to have found and subscribed to your channel, inspired to get out and about. Many thanks to you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.”
—CS

“Thank you! I’ve learned so much from you and you’ve shown me the tools in a clear way to understand! You’re a great teacher, flows well.”
—CG

“Love your easy going, and thorough teaching style. You have a way of making things understandable even for a tech challenged guy like me. I can’t say enough about how helpful your videos have been.”
—PM

“I continue to believe your tutorials on NIR photography are the best on YouTube. Please keep them coming.”
—DJ

“Thank you for your work so far! I learned the most about IR photo processing from your videos.”
—VK

“I have been shooting infrared for 3 years now and have learned much from other IR experts. But, your style and teaching skills are the BEST I have experienced. I still have more of your videos to watch and learn. Thanks again for taking the mystery out of post processing.”
—S

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FAQ

When will the book be available?

The eBook edition should be ready in July 2022. Sign up for the Infrared Photography newsletter to be notified as soon as it’s available.

Will there be a print edition?

We would love to produce a print edition! The eBook is being designed to be “print-ready”. After the eBook edition is released, we will gauge the demand for a print edition.

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About the Author

Rob Shea has created over 75 YouTube videos specific to infrared photography, including detailed tutorials, photo shooting and editing guides, tips, tricks, raw editor reviews, and product reviews. He offers free downloads to help process infrared images and has developed new techniques to simplify the complex editing workflow for color infrared images in Adobe Lightroom. He received five awards in Kolari Vision’s second annual Life in Another Light photo contest, including First Place for Kolari Pocket, Second Place for Black and White, and three honorable mentions for Infrared Landscape, Black and White, and Kolari Pocket.

He enjoys shooting infrared landscapes while hiking and traveling. His work explores the many styles of infrared photography, researching technical challenges and sharing these learnings via YouTube and his blog.