Guidelines for using Infrared Film

Some information when using infrared film.

  1. Try to shoot subjects with side or front lit. This will produce the strongest IR effect.

  2. Use infrared compensation in focusing if your lens is so marked.

  3. Process color infrared film in Process E-4 chemicals. Use Kodak 76 full strength for black-and-white infrared film.

  4. Test film/filter combinations under a wide range of lighting conditions and exposure settings.

  5. Both IR film types penetrate haze very effectively.

  6. Handle both films in complete darkness. Store in unopened containers; black-and-white infrared film in the refrigerator, unopened color IR film in the freezer. Load film in the camera in a changing bag or, better still, in the darkroom.

  7. Cover the clear film identification window found on the back of many recent model cameras with two or more layers of heavy black card stock. If you fail to take this precaution, you risk IR light leakage and eventual fogging.

  8. Plastic developing tanks are not IR light-proof. Use stainless steel tanks to develop black-and-white infrared film.

  9. Even though Kodak recommends ISO 50 as a starting point for exposing IR., you may discover (as have numbers of long time IR users) that higher starting ISOs are more suitable.

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