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Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography (Lark Photography Book) Paperback – 18 Jan 2007


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S. (18 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579907725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579907723
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Farace is a professional photographer with formal education in engineering and fine art photography. He has authored more than twenty books on photographic techniques and digital photo technology.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is very disappointing. The author's photographs are for the most part rather boring and uninspired. There is no advice on recreating different styles of infrared photography, such as the classic Marsden style or portraiture. Nothing even about setting white balance correctly or which Raw converter software can handle the IR range. Instead we have pages of the author's favourite plug-in filters - hardly IR-specific and only relevant if you like creating ghastly effects. Very disappointing and a warning against books that put the word 'complete' in the title.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on 5 April 2009
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This is an excellent overview of the subject dealing with the science (without blinding you), equipment, taking and processing. More than enough detail to get you started sucessfully without bogging you down with irelevancies. Yes, there is more to know, but this is where you start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stugrieve on 11 Jun 2012
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A good basic book on IR Photography. Recommended for anyone who is travelling the "learning curve" I have found that researching others views pays off.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Codd on 27 Mar 2010
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I found this book only fairly useful,
I would liked to have seen some information on
making up and adding actions to" Photoshop" etc.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Basic, but good 28 Oct 2007
By FredM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good basic introduction to infrared photography, with beautiful photos. However, it concentrates on landscape photography (as you might expect) and a lot of the text in this 160-page book deals with post-processing techniques.

A newer and much more comprehensive book is David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets,which explores the topic in a more wide-ranging and in-depth manner. For example, Busch's book shows you how to convert your own camera to infrared photography, how to make your own inexpensive IR filter, and how to build a viewfinder that by-passes the IR "blackout." In addition to landscape photography, that book has techniques for shooting architecture, portraits, sports, and other unconventional subjects.

Serious photographers should probably have both books. Farace's is a good guide to infrared fine art landscapes, while Busch's book is perfect for someone who intends to get serious about IR photography.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Most Information Available On Internet 3 July 2007
By Rob LaRosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most of the information in this book is available for free on the internet. Filter information, how to properly expose and focus a shot, etc. is all basic and common sense. The most disappointing part of the book was the post processing. Almost all of the post-processing instructions describe how to use Photoshop PLUG-INS that the reader may not have. Each of the plug-ins mentioned will cost you between $50 - $200 and even if you already have them the instructions are so basic you never get a feel for what you are doing or why.

If you don't have access to the internet and are a complete newbie to IR Photography this book would be OK, which is why I am giving it 2 stars.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Hardly a "Complete" Guide 2 July 2008
By Raymond J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most of the example photos in this book are from photographers other than the author. Makes a reader wonder if the author has taken many IR photos of his own. As was mentioned in another review, his post processing section consists of telling you to buy expensive plug-in modules for Photoshop. Apparently he does not know how to create effects such as sepia toning and depends on the expensive plug-ins to solve that problem. Not worth the paper it's printed on. His section on exposure, depth of field, and focusing are pretty thin and contain information available for free on the web. Not recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography by Joe Farace 7 May 2007
By James A. Humberg - Published on Amazon.com
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As a photographer for the last 38 years in both digital and film, I have kept up with the most recent trends of the trade. This book is self explanatory and copiously illustrated by the author's work and his directions to his readers to seek out other photographers more capable in the art of Infrared Digital Photography was a plus as well!

With three art degrees and aa a retired illustrator from Boeing Airplane Co., my camera is an extension of my talent base and not an after thought. With all this going for me, I have sought out information to make greater leaps in my phtotgraphic art.

I highly recommended this book because the Author does not toot his own horn, but rather shows by example how the process of great infrared images is best accomplished with cameras that are infrared sensative and those that are not. His stepwise "Scope and Sequence approach" with Photoshop or what have you, in the before to after production of great photos is superbe!

I highly recommend this book for anybody looking for the nuts and bolts of how to better his/hers own abilities in not only digital natural light photos but the Infrared side of this art as well!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 4 Aug 2007
By Shannon Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you need or want to know anything about digital Infrared Photography
this is the book to get it was exactly what I need to get started.
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