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Julie E. van der Wekken

Infrared Flash Photography?

I hope this isn't too obvious of a question, but I'm wondering about shooting infrared film indoors, or outdoors for that matter, using a flash and a #25 red filter. I'm thinking that the flash light won't penetrate the filter? Or will it? Has anyone had any luck using infrared indoors in low-light?

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12/23/2003 3:34:45 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Putting an IR filter (instead of #25 red) over a flash is how Weegee got his famous photos of people in movie theaters. The filter cut most of the visible light from the flash so as not to disturb the movie goers, but let the IR light through to light his photograph. (
Using the #25 will have a similar effect, though a red flash will be visible.

I don't know how much (if any) IR is emitted by modern electronic flashes. I think WeeGee used flash bulbs for his shots.

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12/24/2003 5:43:33 AM

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