Converting a Camera for Infrared Photography

Digital ImageMaker’s Information on Camera Conversion for Digital Infrared Photography

A digital camera converted by replacing the IR blocking filter with a visible light blocking filter opens up a whole world of infrared photography that is just not practical with the long exposures of many un-converted cameras.

The articles here provide a lot of information on both why to convert a digital camera for infrared photography and what to do with your converted camera once you have it done. Camera conversion opens up a huge potential for infrared photography in all sorts of interesting ways.

Foundation Articles – Core information on camera conversion and use

Digital Infrared With A Converted Camera

Whilst all digital cameras are capable of taking an infrared image if an IR transmitting/visible light blocking filter is used, exposures will be long. Converting a digital camera for IR work solves this and other issues.

Testing Diffraction Effects of Lens Aperture on Digital Infrared Photography

We test the diffraction effects when using two lenses on an infrared converted Canon 350D digital camera.

It Doesn’t Need to Stop When the Sun Goes Down: Night-time Infrared Photography

Many people fall into the trap of thinking that infrared photography is an activity for full sun and when confronted with a beautiful treed landscape or a portrait subject. Nothing could be further from the truth and you can use a camera for infrared photography whenever you like the results.

White Balance and Digital Infrared Images

We test various white balance settings for infrared images and come to the obvious conclusion.

Using Circular Polarizing Filters for Digital Infrared Photography

We don’t normally think of using polarizing filters when shooting infrared but I decided to try it out

Experience articles – coverage on life with a converted camera

Using a Lensbaby with an Infrared Converted Digital Camera

As part of our testing of a Lensbaby 3G, we could not resist putting a Lensbaby on our infrared converted Canon 350D digital SLR camera.

First light with my 350D converted to IR only

My Canon 350D arrived back today from LDP in the states (www.MaxMax.com) who converted it for infrared photography by removing the IR blocking filter and replacing it with a 715nm IR filter.

A Day of Shooting With My Infrared Converted Canon 350D

Sunday I was out shooting with my newly converted for IR 350D camera

Some More Infrared Photography

In this article I present some new infrared images, mostly taken with an infrared converted Canon 350D. For these shots I used a lens that others have warned not to use for infrared photography.

Planes, Trains and Infrared Photography

A recent plane trip had me shooting infrared the whole trip

The Advantage of Infrared from a Plane

Yesterday and today I was in Sydney for an Autodesk press event and, as usual, I took my converted for IR Canon 350D with me, and the results were interesting.

A Fisheye on Infrared (Faulty article but interesting pics)

You can see the corrected version of this article below. But I’ve left it so you can see the images.
As part of my testing of the Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM lens I went out with my Canon 350D that has been converted for infrared shooting. I was curious to see how the lens would perform in IR.

A Fisheye on Infrared (Corrected Article)

Sigma 4.5mm Circular Fisheye Lens in Infrared

The Sigma 10mm Fisheye Lens in Infrared

As part of my testing of this lens I did some infrared shooting with this lens and my IR converted Canon 350D.

More Infrared Shots with Fisheye Lenses

I was out all day yesterday with a stack of cameras and the Sigma 4.5mm and 10mm fisheye lenses

More Infrared Fisheye Images

I’ve found that the best way to shoot IR with this fisheye, because of the size of the field of view, is to use exposure bracketing with the camera set on continuous drive mode so that I can take three images in rapid succession with one press of the shutter button. This I have found to be the best way to handle the exposure variations in IR with such a wide field of view.

A Day of Shooting

I finally got away for a day of shooting. Here is some of the infrared photography I shot with my converted 350D.

Bushfire Creates Great Atmosphere for Infrared Photography

On part of this journey I drove into an area where there was a lot of smoke from some nearby bushfires. This smoke was creating interesting sky effects and so I started shooting as I travelled through the area, all the time making sure that I was well away from the fires and that none were getting closer (safety comes first).

January Infrared Photography of the Australian Landscape

While in Central Victoria I shot some more infrared landscape images.

4 Responses to “Converting a Camera for Infrared Photography”

  1. Linda HughesJune 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    I am wanting to convert my Canon EOS 5D to infrared. There seem to be a number of vendors who do this conversion. How do I know which ones are good at this? I would hate to waste the camera. And can it be converted back to normal ever? thanks.

    • Wayne CosshallJune 10, 2010 at 3:32 am #

      HI Linda,

      Yes, it should be reversible.

      I’ve used MaxMax.com to do my camera and been very happy. Friends have used LivePixel.com and been equally happy.

  2. MarshallNovember 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Having been into film photography for years, the digital bug is finally hitting me and I’ve found infra-red to be an exciting new venture. Can any digital camera be converted, or does it have to be a higher-end one. In other words, can I take a $100 digital and have it converted?

    • Wayne CosshallNovember 5, 2010 at 8:20 am #

      Any camera can potentially be converted, it is just a case of how easy the conversion is because of either a company being willing to do it or providing a kit that makes the DIY approach easier.

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