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Converting Your Camera Into An Infrared Camera

February 15, 2008 Leave a comment

img_5193a.jpg One of the questions I get alot on Parable Visions and Red Bubble is “how do I turn my camera into an infrared camera?”

There are basically three options that are worth considering. The first option is to buy an IR filter for your digital camera. I own the Hoya R72, which is a very good affordable choice. The problem however is that all digital cameras have an infrared blocking filter inside them, so putting an IR filter over your lens means you need really long shutter speeds to let enough light into the camera to get past the blocking filter. This basically means you can’t take handheld IR shots with this method.

The second option is to buy a camera that has already been converted into an IR camera. This is done by removing the IR blocking filter from inside the camera and replacing it with a piece of infrared optical glass. There are a few services around that will do this for you. I was lucky enough to win an auction on Ebay for my IR camera which saved me from having to do the next option.

The third option is to do the conversion yourself. This article by Tony Kaplan is a great tutorial to follow if you want a fun little project to do with your old digital camera.

The results of Infrared photography are beautiful, I never go anywhere without my IR camera. I’ve found that it transforms your photographs so much that everything you look at through the viewfinder becomes a photo opportunity. I have a collection of IR photos on my Parable Visions Gallery.

Click Here To View IR Conversion Article.

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