Infrared Photography- The Lure of Invisible Light

To see more of my infrared images, visit my site: Shooting Infrared

Just recently, I discovered a new way of photographing – a way by capturing wavelengths beyond what the human eye can see, a spectrum of light that ranges from 700-1200nm. It’s called “Infrared Photography” or the more apt term should be the “Near Infrared”. This can be achieved by two ways. Either you can purchase an infrared filter to put in front of your lens or to have your camera modified for this purpose.

 

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Taken with the modified Sony A6000 for infrared (665nm) using the SEL16f28 lens and VCL-ECF1 fisheye attached. Taken at ISO100, F7.1 and 1/400s.

For those who want to try it and not ready to commit a camera to be converted for the sole purpose of infrared shooting, I recommend buying a filter to be attached to your size of lens. The Hoya R-72 is one of the most common infrared filter and you can order it through Amazon for your particular lens size. The disadvantage for shooting with this screw-in filter is the long exposure time needed to achieve proper exposure. And determining the right exposure is by trial and error. In my experience with this filter, I shot with 30s to 60s exposure time with about ISO 1600 at around noon on a cloudless sky.

But if you decided that you like infrared photography, you can have your camera “converted” so to speak. The conversion is done by taking out the built-in filter that blocks infrared light and replace it with a filter that blocks a certain spectrum of visible light.

 

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