Converting to Infrared


Converting to Infrared

As you may have guessed, I have converted one of my old cameras so I can use it for Infrared Photography. I picked it up from Camera Clinic yesterday and this morning I raced down to Banyule Flats to see what I could get with it.

It was so exciting to see the images coming up on the back of the camera. I loved the effect and think I could get addicted very quickly. I can’t wait to start writing some articles about it.

I thought I would share one of the ones I took this morning, one of my favourites. I would also like to thank infraredrobert for all his help so far, he has answered a lot of questions for me, and I feel so much more comfortable because of it.



44 Responses

  1. Its a beautiful new perspective. Love it.

  2. I love infrared, This is superb- what camera did you convert?

  3. Hi Leanne I tried Infrared a couple of years ago with my old Pentax K200D. I had quite a bit of fun with it and having seen your photo am tempted to try again. I like your shot and hope you enjoy more infrared photography

  4. Gary Westmoreland

    Awesome shot, Leanne. You crest the most amazing work.
    I’ve been thinking about getting my Fuji X-T1 converted to IR, what nM range did you go for?

  5. This is awesome Leanne!
    I know youre going to enjoy this new challenge.
    Wonderful image!

  6. Great image Leanne 😀 I also had my old D90 converted at Camera Clinic – you’ll have a lot of fun with it, I’m always amazed at the clouds! I convert mine to b&w in SEP2 as I prefer the stronger contrast.

    • Thank you Lisa. I almost had my D90 converted, but asked and they recommended the D300s, something to do with live view. I can’t wait to use it more and have some ideas for things. I did have SEP2, but not sure I do anymore, but I have noticed you need to give them more contrast.

  7. Wow! Of course you’re instantly great. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more. Robert is amazing. Glad he’s a great resource for you.

  8. Yes, it is addicting. I knew you would take to it very quickly. Always glad to help a friend out.

  9. Ann Clarke

    Look forward to seeing your infrared shots and blogs on it Leeanne, this image looks great

  10. 🙂 I considered converting an older cam to IR, too, a few years ago. I even considered doit it myself. But I didn’t. It only has a weak highpass filter, so when putting the cam on my tripod I can use it for IR at once. I guess, I put up one of my IR images on Thursday 🙂

    • I wasn’t game to do it myself, and I tried doing conversions in photoshop, but when I compared them with what other people were getting there was no comparison. I had a camera sitting there doing nothng, so figured why not. That’s great that you can do it without the conversion. Thank you Solaner.

    • you’re right, doing a fake IR ist hard to do, but not as good as doing it in camera. Btw. I wrote a post on my kind of IR photography. It will be published on Thursday 🙂

    • Oh, okay, I was wonderful which Thursday, I will have to check it out.

  11. Leanne Marshall

    Looks amazing Leanne! Kind of eerie. very cool! Have fun experimenting!

  12. What time of day was it taken? Weird effect but beautiful – does this mean you can take photos in the dark, as some wildlife photographers do?

  13. David Mayne

    Banyule flats is a nice area i was there yesterday to capture some images i will put them up after

  14. How much is post-processing and how much is the infrared shot? I assume the vignette is added and the sepia tone, but was wondering if there was more that was done.

    I’m asking because I’m toying with doing the same to one of my cameras, but don’t know what to expect. I’ve seen photos but they vary significantly without explanation.

    • Most of this is the infrared shot, the sepia happens with the filter they put on the sensor, it was actually worse than this and I’ve been trying to work out how to get rid of it without losing all the warmth or doing a straight black and white conversion. I was looking for you on facebook, was going to message you can show you a couple of straight images with nothing done to them, but couldn’t find you. A lot of them vary too and I think it due to the filter they put on, you get choices and different ones do different things.

    • My facebook is

      However, I seldom interact there and I don’t load Messenger on my phone (too intrusive).

      You could e-mail them to me. You should have my email, but if not, it’s gmail and ejdalise (pretty much, ejdalise is my ID everywhere I interact with the exception of Disperser on the blog). .

      BUT . . . they put a Sepia filter on there? Is this something you asked for? I ask because what I read about the conversions never mentioned adding a filter back in, and especially not a tinted one.

    • I have sent you an email Disperser.

  15. I’ve never been a fan of infrared, but this is beautiful. Have fun with it.

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