Infrared film is sought-after for its blazing highlights and enhanced depth and contrasts. The film is sensitive to several sources: visible light, ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation. While they may act as normal black and white films, they create intense, detailed images under infrared filters. Photographers may even choose to hand-color them.
Efke Infrared IR820
The Efke Infrared IR820 is a 35mm film with a sensitivity of up to 820nm (nanometers), resulting to dream-like photographs. With the use of a red filter, skin tones and leaves will appear pure white.
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ORWO TC27 400
Formerly used as a surveillance film, the ORWO TC27 400 is a highly sensitive black and white infrared film. Variations in light and contrast create very detailed images that maintain a vintage aura.
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Ilford SFX Infrared 200
If you enjoy taking portraits and nature photos, the Ilford SFX Infrared 200 is here to up your analogue experience. With a red filter, images turn more intense as plants turn white and skin tones get a glowy effect.
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Konica Infrared 750nm
The Konica Infrared 750nm, while no longer in production, is a favorite among nature photographers due to its excellent sharpness and tones. It is available in 35mm or medium format formats.
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Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE
If you like ethereal and Pictorialist-looking photographs, the Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE is the one for you. Because it has moderate contrast and infrared sensitivity from 250nm to 900nm (it is more sensitive to light than other infrared films), it is known to create halos around bright objects.
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Kodak Aerochrome Infrared Film
Formerly used for aerial photography, military photography and other scientific purposes, the Kodak Aerochrome Infrared Film is a false-color reversal film with purplish-to-red colors, used by photographer Richard Mosse. Since Aerochrome has long been discontinued, Lomography recreated the film with the Lomochrome Purple 400.
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