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Top 10 Best Infrared Photographers in The World

In the past, Infrared photography used to be very technical and difficult. This is perhaps due to the fact that infrared can’t be seen by the human eyes. Rather, special pieces of equipment are required for it to be seen. Some years ago, these tools were only available to a few people thereby making it very difficult for others to understand how to go about the process of infrared photography.

Although these pieces of equipment are now available everywhere for photographers to make use of, there are individuals who still can’t understand what infrared photography entails. If you are one of such persons, this is the right place where you will definitely learn a lot about this aspect of photography. We have two types of infrared photography: analog and digital infrared photography.

  • Analog: the analog infrared photography is referred to as the sub-division type of infrared photography and it requires a film that has stray light sensitivity.
  • Digital: this is very popular than the analog photography type. The cameras that are used in this type of infrared photography do come with a sensor which is highly sensitive to the infrared radiation. Sometimes, the cameras come with “Hot Mirror|” or “IR Cut-off Filter for having radiation blocked which can have the image affected.

Infrared photography has several applications such as:

  • Taking shots inside a dark room
  • Capturing of wildlife in the night inside a complete darkness
  • Creating an appearance that looks chalky by making use of the camera indoors or outdoors with clear light availability
  • Having images captured during the war, where there is a reduction of light availability at night

The major aim of this post will be to show you 10 of the best infrared photographers in the world. These people have made positive impacts on their target audiences over the years through the production of stunning and impressive infrared photos. You will definitely get some inspiration from their work.

1 Mike Irwin

He was trained in art since his childhood. He has years of experience in painting abstract on canvas. He got introduced later to photography and didn’t take too long to master and explores the technical and artistic challenges the camera could bring about. One of the places that he loves to photograph is southwest. He makes use of infrared photography with which he has produced a lot of striking and notable images in his portfolio.

Samples of Mike Irwin photography

2 Josh Sommers

 Josh Sommers was born at Santa Rosa, in California. His father majored in art history while his mother was a major in dance. If you don’t understand what experts mean by referring to infrared as life in another life, it is important that you take a look at the work of Josh Sommers. If there is one aspect that has proven him to be one of the best when it comes to infrared photography, such should be false colors. Josh understands how to make his infrared photographs a combination of colors which are non – existent. Images are displayed in the best way possible without messages being compromised.

Samples of Josh Sommers Photography

3 Ildikó Bodnárné Horváth

There are very few infrared photographers who have managed to bring in something new the way that Ildikó Bodnárné Horváth has been able to. Such is the reason why she deserves to be mentioned amongst the best in this field. Horváth is an infrared artist from Hungary. She may have started to learn infrared photography, but there is no doubt that her works have got this emotional feeling that you will hardly find in other photos. The cotton candy factory which she captured is a typical example of this.

Samples of Ildikó Bodnárné Horváth photography

4 Daniel Hosie

One aspect that has proven to be very difficult when it comes to infrared photography is capturing nature in its true and original form. Well, Daniel Hoise indeed does so with great perfection. He understands how to make items such as flowers, leaves and even the weather look very real given his high level of skills in infrared photography.

Samples of Daniel Hosie photography

5 Matthew Billings

Matthew is a photographer and video artist based in Berlin. His works are really special in lots of regards because they look real and impressive. One of his most impressive projects is how he has been able to show a dock that is constructed over water. He is specialized in bringing items that have been built into the world of infrared photography. These could be bridges, roads, houses, and others. Billings work has gotten featured inside several magazines, including Butt, Paper, and Basso.

A sample of Matthew Billing photography

6 Brian Hull

Brian Hull is in a world of his own at the moment and his works on infrared photography explain a lot about his skills and expertise. Initially, he was an engineer but as time went on, he developed a passion for photography. There are lots of galleries showing his working in the US due to the unique style that he adopts while developing them. His work has been notable for their surrealistic and romantic look. No one understands how to bring the human environment into the world of infrared photography the way Brian Hull does.

Samples of Brian Hull photography

7 David Hochleitner

David Hochleitner is probably one of the best infrared photographers around today. In case you are doubting his ability, check out the landscape works and you will be really impressed by what he has been able to do in the world of infrared photography. His photos are nothing short of a fairytale. He understands how to produce infrared photos of endless tracks and snowing mountains (rolling). This is a rare knowledge and skill amongst photographers in this field but he makes the process look very easy.

Samples of David Hochleitner photography

8 David Keochkerian

 David Keochkerian is a photographer based in France. He started shooting his infrared photographs in 2010. The photographer is slowly getting better amongst others. Of course, more is always expected from someone whose father is a retired professional photographer. According to him, infrared photography became fascinating when he developed the passion to express himself through something really unique. Also, he had always wanted to show scenes that are spectacular, unique, and rare.

He is known for his unique work due to the techniques that he adopts. These could be a long exposure, panoramic, HDR, and DRI. According to him, the best time for shooting infrared photographs is during summer and spring when the sun comes out and the foliage gets green. He loves where the landscape is green predominantly and there is reflection inside the water. You can copy these today and see how they will improve your infrared photography skills.

Samples of David Keochkerian photography

9 Pierre-Louis Ferrer

 Pierre Ferrer is based in Paris and he found about this method when he was at the engineering school. He has traveled via Europe and making use of his camera in capturing colors in incredible variations. His images show landscapes which are across Spain and France in a new dimension like the Eiffel Tower. He has used also the infrared techniques in the shooting of white and black.

Samples of Pierre-Louis Ferrer photography

10 Paolo Pettigiani

Paolo Pettigiani is an Italian photographer and also an art director. He’s someone who combined both of his passions which are photography and graphic design. In one image, he plays with colors, contrasts, and shapes. His major specialty is in infrared photography. He says it gives him the opportunity to look at the world with different eyes.

Samples of Paolo Pettigiani photography

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