As a freelance professional event photographer working in Scotland, things are starting to get very busy and I have just about had some free time before the big rush to do some infrared photography in and around Edinburgh. The above shot was taken at Dunbar in East Lothian. Someone asked me the other day what qualities infrared photographers need and I have thought of a few. The most important one is the ability to pre-visualise what the image will look like after the shoot. Whilst this is true of all photography, the image you see on your screen will often look very different from the final version in infrared. This gives people who were brought up on film cameras a distinct advantage, as we always had to pre-visualise anyway, there was no screen at the back of your camera and you had to wait on the developed image from the negative. Also with infrared photography, you almost have to have a view of a mystical land, a kind of alternative universe, because that is what the final image will look like in some cases, particularly colour infrared. A good understanding of the ideal weather for infrared is also required and the ability to adapt to changing conditions, always good for Scotland, so take that camera with you at all times.
Anyway, I hope that helps, now its off to Edinburgh Castle this week for a corporate photoshoot, followed by some sports photography with the Supercars at the weekend in East Lothian.