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.



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    1. Thank you, I think it is too, at the moment I’m just trying everything, and slowly starting to figure out what really works with it.

  1. 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

  2. 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?

    1. Thank you and that is really nice of you to say.
      It is a great thing to do with the old one, I went for 720, I still wanted some colour.

    1. Thank you Robyn, I’m find it interesting what does photograph well and what doesn’t.
      That’s wonderful, yeah, I am doing okay.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. It helped that I knew that scene was really good to photograph, and that with some luck really. Thank you Nicci, his work is fantastic and has helped so much, I’m looking forward to experimenting more with it.

    1. Thank you Robert for all your help, it was really good. Gave me the confidence to do it. I’m sure there will be other questions. I think I knew when I made the decision to do it, that it was something I really wanted to try, now I just want to keep going out with it. lol

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

  6. 🙂 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 🙂

    1. 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.

    2. 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 🙂

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

    1. Thank you Leanne, I like that eerie look, someone said the end of the world, I like that too. I’m sure, or know I will.

  8. 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?

    1. This was taken mid morning, I don’t know about dark, I don’t think so. I haven’t tried, maybe I should. Thank you.

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

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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