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For some time now there have been calls from the community for an Infrared Gallery as it's becoming a popular technique and often there is confusion over where the work actually belongs. The powers that be have been listening and have decided that it would be really useful to have your feedback as to where this Gallery should go. At the moment, Infrared Photographs are spread across the Photography Galleries from Animals, Plants and Nature to Miscellaneous.

What is Infrared Photography?


gilad explained it quite succinctly over seven years ago now in this journal. Infrared Photography (or IR) shows a magical, thermal type effect of a world that, without specific filters or applications, appears quite normal. It can be achieved using a filter on specific D-SLR cameras or it can be achieved with special films in Analog. This clear technique division and ever-increasing market for IR Photography means that we need your views on where the Gallery should go.

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:bulletblack: The Infrared Gallery could become a sub-category of Photography. So your infrared work would belong in:
-Photography -> Infrared

:bulletblack: Or, because the technique can be achieved using darkroom skills and processes, your work could belong as an extension of the darkroom category. So your infrared work would belong in:
-Photography -> Darkroom -> Infrared

You might have a completely different idea - your thoughts and feedback are much appreciated! Please share with us what you believe would work best.

Sub-Categories


Once the location of the infrared gallery has been decided we also need your thoughts and feedback on whether sub-categories are required and if so, which ones would be utilized the best. Sub-categories need to be minimal, and my view is that there would not need to be many if there are any at all.

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sorny Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, our own infrared gallery, sounds great but I'am afraid that just one category like "Photography -> Infared" would do it.

I mean now I am using "Photography -> Abstract & Surreal -> Surreal" to get the category right.
For me even a subcategory in "Abstract & Surreal" would do it, if "Abstract" and "Surreal" would become independent categories.

To sum it up: "Photography -> Surreal -> Infrared" would be my favorite!
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calanjackal Aug 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
My thoughts on this have been a little torn. I do like the idea on the surface, but I think that to me, or at least my future goals with infrared photography, it's not just about the infrared itself that defines the image. I like the idea of an infrared category, but personally I think many of my photos, with some exceptions, would end up in other categories. Because to me the infrared is a tool that's used and secondary to the subject, and is not the subject itself. This isn't always -completely- the case, so an infrared category would still be a very nice thing to have as long as it's still fine to post infrared images in other categories where they also fit based on the subject matter.

As far as the category itself, I really don't think it should be under darkroom. Infrared film and darkroom is the exception any more. A vast majority of infrared photography isn't film, but digital.

As far as subcategories, the subject can be just as various as with non-infrared photography. If I was forced to pick a few, I'd have a landscapes category, trees and plants, maybe something for man-made objects like buildings and such, and "other." That's at least my first thoughts on it.
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Kaz-D Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your feedback :)
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I vote for Photography -> Infared
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Kaz-D Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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dgcdvaras Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It should be: Photography -> Infrared
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Kaz-D Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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for me : Photography -> Infrared

Because infrared is not only a "darkroom effect" but a fully style, who need to think in "infrared" on shoot

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Kaz-D Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent thanks!
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