Infrared photography is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of photographic art, and there are many ways in which you can shoot IR frames. However, if you have a DSLR camera and you are not willing to invest in state of the art equipment designed especially for infrared photography, then you should know that you can easily convert your digital camera.
Infrared Photography – Tips to Modify your DSLR
1. Get An Opaque Infrared Filter
This is by far the easiest, cheaper and the most efficient way to shoot in infrared mode, not to mention that opaque infrared filters are readily available at almost every specialized store, and the results are impeccable. However, in order to achieve the best results you will have to practice a lot with your opaque infrared filter – simply place it in front of your DSLR lens and start to shoot. Nonetheless, it is essential to properly adjust the camera settings before you place the filter in front of the camera – make sure to set the composition settings right before you start shooting, just to prevent grab shots and to get the best image quality available.
The main benefit of using the infrared filter to shoot IR photos is that unlike it happens with the following method, this one is temporary and you can convert your camera whenever you want, without worrying about permanent results. Besides this, the opaque infrared filter is also more cost-effective and the entire process is basically a do it yourself project that you can do at home, without the assistance of a professional.
2. Detach The IR Cut Filter That Comes With Your DSLR
Every digital camera nowadays has a special filter that is designed to block the infrared light, and by removing that internal cut filter (ICF) you can basically convert the camera and use it exclusively for IR photography. In a nutshell, you have two options: you can either remove the filter yourself (which is not recommended unless you are truly experienced with DSLRs, otherwise you might permanently damage the camera) or take it to a local professional who specializes in camera conversions, and it costs you several tens of dollars. These professionals will remove the filter and replace it with a special glass. Either way, it is essential to keep in mind that this will permanently convert your camera.
In a nutshell, these are the most common and efficient ways to modify your DSLR camera for infrared photography.