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Digital Camera Infrared (IR) Conversions,
Modifications and IR Photography.
Digital Infrared Revolution
Digital camera technology has revolutionized Infrared Photography by providing a means for the Amateur and Professional alike to create dramatic Infrared photos with relative ease. Previous to the digital camera age, infrared photographers resorted to shooting IR film while using an Infrared Filter on the front of the lens, greatly reducing the amount of visible light allowed into the camera. This caused a few problems that digital technology has overcome. How it works
First, on-lens infrared filters are so dark you cannot see the subject through the camera's viewfinder while the filter is attached to the lens. Normal Infrared film shooting required framing your shot before attaching the IR filter on the lens. Second, Infrared light causes focus issues unless the camera has been calibrated for correct focus. (Infrared Light transmission is at a different wavelength than visible light creating a variance in the focal plane resulting in focus differences. Earlier lenses have IR focus markings to help with IR focus adjustments.) Third, this caused longer shutter/exposure times due to less light reaching the film and limited ISO availability, limiting the ability to shoot moving subjects under darker situations with out them being blurred. This also required the use of a tripod for most scenic pictures otherwise causing blurry images.
The unique ability of digital camera CCD or CMOS Imaging Sensors to capture infrared light allows a photographer to take Infrared pictures at normal shutter speeds. The camera's imaging sensor must be modified for this to happen. There are no infrared filters used on the end of the lens which allows the photographer to use the IR camera just like a normal camera but with Infrared results.
Spencer's Camera can modify/convert your digital camera enabling it to capture Infrared images by removing the internal IR blocking filter (Low-Pass Filter/Hot-Mirror Filter) currently installed over the imaging sensor and replace it with an Infrared Filter. This will enable you to capture infrared photos with your own camera. You will be able to see through the viewfinder and lens, frame your shot, and capture images just like a normal camera but with the dramatic results of infrared photography. (Electronic viewfinder cameras will produce a "live" image in Infrared, allowing you to frame, adjust exposure and fine-tune your image before taking the shot) Unlike some of our competitors that use plastic filters, only the highest image quality polished glass and quartz material is used in our modification/conversion process. Plastic filters will result in distortion, uneven and soft focus in the final images and are very soft allowing scratching when cleaned. (Why Choose Spencer's Camera for your Infrared Camera, IR Conversion or Astro-conversion)
More Infrared Time-lapse videos at our Portfolio page: Spencer's Camera - Infrared Timelapse Portfolio.
IR Time Lapse:
Timelapse compiled of day and night time infrared images. Cameras used: Canon EOS 40D, 50D, 60D, 7D, Nikon D300s, D800, D3 and D3s. The cameras had been converted to capture infrared by Spencer's Camera & Photo (spencerscamera.com). Images were compiled into a timelapse using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
Infrared Timelapse 01 from Spencer's Camera on Vimeo.