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Peter Hill is pretty damn good at infrared photography. And it's a skill that's allowed him to produce some stunning black and white images.

Writes Peter in the current issue of Better Photography magazine, in an article called 'The Invisible World', “My primary technique is to keep my eye on the light and my mind open. My aim is to capture the IR light and the contrast it creates. If I don’t like the light, the IR camera stays in the bag.

“Composition is a necessary second issue, but you need to keep in mind the potential for what IR can do. For example, I like backlighting a composition with a tree branch or trunk between the sun and the sensor. The more I hold true to this technique, the more I’m finding that compositions will present themselves, if only for a few fleeting moments. And this is where shooting with a converted camera really comes into its own. Most of my images are simply not possible if I had to resort to an IR filter on the lens.

“I have also found that shooting black and white IR requires far more attention to light, exposure and composition, than traditional black and white photography. It really makes you think about how you capture those aspects, how you visualise the outcome.”

“One subject I try to avoid is people, unless I’m actively looking for the zombie effect, which is what IR does to faces and eyes. Deep, black, evil eyes!”

You can read more about Peter Hill's approach to infrared photography, along with the cameras he uses, by subscribing to Better Photography magazine online. You'll find details on the www.betterphotographyeducation.com website.

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