Infrared photography with Leica Haoming Wang explores new techniques

Haoming Wang was born in China in 1985. After living for five years in Singapore, Wang moved to Sydney, Australia, where he cultivated his love and passion for photography around the year ’07. Getting ahold of his first Leica was his first achievement, but some might argue that this witty photographer has worked his creative spirit and developed a keen eye for great product photography. Not surprisingly, his do-it-yourself techniques achieve great quality, light and composition, something most professional photographers only obtain after endless studio hours. Wang shares the process behind infrared photography.

I feel the best Leica Camera for IR photography is the Leica M8. The M8 is a 10 year-old camera, a good camera. In order to improve picture quality, the Leica M8 doesn’t have a low-pass filter, so the sensor records the infrared. This leads to the fact that the M8 must have a practical IR cut filter to take regular pictures, but it can have a very good IR effect when using an IR filter.

IR photography’s focus is very different, the infrared wave is different with the visible band, if the camera doesn’t have live view only using small aperture to reduce the focus error. You have to use manual exposure, until you can take the right picture (M 240 and 246 can use sensor for metering and get the right exposure, traditional TTL metering can sense IR, so it can’t give the right exposure).

The IR filter I am using is the B+W IR 093, this filter can block the vast majority of visible light, leaving only the infrared light through, also needing a litter bit longer exposure time, so a tripod is necessary. The white balance is also very import for IR photography.

To know more about Wang’s work, please follow him on Flickr and Pinterest.

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