The Joys of Infrared Landscape Photography

If you have not shot in infrared before, it is a unique and fun form of photography that can breathe new life into even the most overly shot scenes. This neat video will show you some of the stunning, eye-catching images you can create with an infrared-converted camera. 

Coming to you from Thomas Heaton, this great video will show you the sort of landscape photos you can create with an infrared-converted camera. There are generally three ways to get into shooting infrared. First, you can purchase a camera built especially for the purpose, though these are generally rare. Second, you can use an infrared filter. Finally, you can have a camera converted. I personally prefer the final option. The problem with the filter is that modern cameras block so much infrared light that it requires extremely long exposure times. I had my first DSLR, a Canon T3i, converted by Life Pixel (I chose the Super Color IR option), and it allows me to use all my old EF lenses, plus it breathed new life into a camera that would have otherwise sat in my closet. Shooting in infrared is quite addictive and is a great way to invigorate your creativity just a bit. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Heaton. 

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Johnny Treter's picture

next level colored infrared

Carl Bishop's picture

Interesting article. How does this work on the newer mirrorless digital cameras?
Will IR filters present the same problems?

Jon Kellett's picture

They do, but conversion is usually possible.

I've only got one IR camera and it's an older Sony mirrorless. My only gripe is that I cheaped out and didn't buy one with an EVF - You _must_ have an EVF for IR photography.

Also worth noting, really "powerful" infrared torches aren't really that powerful and no good for shooting in pitch black. You'd still need some kind of IR flood, which would also chew the batteries pretty fast. Still trying to justify that purchase...

Carl Bishop's picture

I remember using IR LEDs while in the military for night operations. Finger-tip lights, IR flashlights Spots really made night into day..... Low Power consumption too.