Overview

Photography in the traditional sense deals with capturing visual information which can normally be seen with the human eye. There are wavelengths of light outside the range of human vision which we can physically sense (e.g. heat in infrared) but cannot normally see since our visual sense is tuned only to see the range of the colour spectrum ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet). In the days when there was only film photography (pre-digital) there were films created with special chemistry which reacted only to infrared light wavelengths, and from which typically black & white images were created with a ghostly white glow around bright objects which was a characteristic of how the infrared light was recorded on the negative. In the modern digital era things are slightly different and the means of capturing and processing infrared images allows for greater flexibility and creative expression. It opens the way to creating images in both colour and monochrome, with ethereal and otherworldly effects which add even more magic to the landscape of Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels.

 
 

Workshop Structure

Topics which will be covered during the Infrared Photography Workshop will include but not be limited to:

  • Equipment, planning, preparations and general working practices to ensure success

  • Comparing and contrasting the two different ways of infrared photographic capture using digital cameras

  • Image processing methods post-capture (for both colour and black & white)

  • Learning how to ‘see’ in infrared when scoping out new locations

 The workshop will comprise both a practical photography session outdoors and a theory session indoors where all of the above topics will be covered in detail. The theory session will usually come first in order to get a good grounding on what infrared photography entails before putting it into practice in the real world. The only exception to this might be on a day when the weather turns out to be unsuitable for fieldwork - see weather contingency below for more details on how we deal with inclement weather.

Experience Level - PLEASE READ!

This is not a workshop for absolute photography beginners. You should be at the very least familiar with basic camera terminology and be able to change the key exposure settings as advised during the workshop session. If you are unfamiliar with such things as ISO, shutter speed, aperture or exposure metering then you will not benefit much from attending. Individually tailored 1-2-1 sessions for beginners might be a better avenue to get to grips with the mechanics of photography and they also allow me to dedicate more time to you personally. Please bear this in mind before considering booking a place.

 

Equipment You Will Need (as a minimum)

A camera is actually not necessary to attend this workshop since depending on the chosen capture method some specialist equipment may be required and it is not expected for newcomers to the subject to invest in this just to participate. If you have some of this equipment already however, please feel free to bring it along and you can put it to good use!

  • A DSLR, Bridge or Compact digital camera with full manual control (this might be ‘IR converted’ already)

  • A sturdy tripod (might be needed for some long exposures)

  • A remote control shutter release cable to allow shooting in ‘bulb mode’ or similar

  • An infrared lens filter (if you prefer using external filters)

 

Outline Itinerary

(This is just a rough guide and may be subject to change closer to the workshop date)

  • Meet up at the gallery on High Street, Glastonbury for workshop introduction and theory session (approx. 30-40 minutes). Refreshments will be provided.

  • Travel to workshop location where some walking may be required (sensible outdoor clothing recommended)

  • Practical workshop session (1 hour). This may involve visits to further locations during our time in the field.

  • Reconvene and continue workshop theory session at gallery to review and process some images from the day

 

Weather Contingency

Obviously an activity such as landscape photography is weather dependent so some minor disruption can be allowed for and workshops will only be postponed / cancelled in extreme circumstances. The discipline of infrared photography is especially dependent on sunlight (as will be explained during the workshop) so if it is not sunny on the day of the workshop then only the theory part of the workshop will take place and then either the practical session reconvened at a later date or 50% of the workshop fee will be refunded. Otherwise please refer to terms and conditions when making a booking.