• Sunday , 27 May 2018

How to Shoot Infrared Photography Using an IR Filter

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How to capture an infrared photography landscape shot using a normal camera and an infrared filter.

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If you have never seen Infrared Photography before then come and feast your senses. Capturing the light normally invisible to human eyes opens up a world of creative possibilities that would otherwise not exist.

This video tutorial is split into two parts with the first part showing you how to capture the raw infrared image whilst on location. The second part will guide through the post processing where we bring our plain red image to life.

See part 2 here – https://www.firstmanphotography.com/tutorials/edit-infrared-photos

To shoot infrared photography you do not need a special type of converted camera. The only requirement is a small investment in an infrared filter that will attach to your current lens. These filters remove all the colours of the spectrum apart from the wavelengths at the extreme red end which includes infrared. I recommend the Hoya R72 Infrared Filter and this can be purchased for between £30 and £90 depending on the size of your lens, see the link below. The only drawback with this filter is it lets only a small amount of light through so to properly expose an image it will require a long exposure. Whilst this makes portraits tricky there are still endless possibilities in the realm of landscapes and cityscapes and there are not many photographers out there doing it. Just check Flickr to confirm this.

The characteristics of infrared light differ from that of ‘normal’ white light we are used to experiencing everyday. For example, green foliage such as grass and trees reflect a large amount of infrared light meaning they will be very bright in your final processed image. This is known as the ‘Wood Effect’ named after Robert W. Wood who pioneered #Infrared photography. It is caused by the transparency of chlorophyll to infrared light allowing the light to pass through into the cells of the plants and be reflected back again. Viewed normally, chlorophyll will reflect all the green light back giving leaves and grass it’s green appearance.

Capturing infrared photography in this way requires a long exposure. Please see the long exposure tutorial here:


The infrared photography image captured by the camera will be very red and require some careful post-processing. The second part on how to post-process the images is available now at https://youtu.be/z2QnwnhG9aI



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  1. Michael Edwards
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Would you clear up a confusion please? you have set the camera to 1/60th sec but you then say that you have set the camera to bulb for a 6 minute plus exposure. which is it please

  2. Shady Horse
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Great video!

  3. Starving Artist 101
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    nice video. can you turn off your music or turn it down a bit next time. its hard trying to listen to your voice

  4. Andrew Coward
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    You mentioned that you used a 'Hoya' filter but never stated what 'nm' is was ALSO what lens did you use?

  5. Norm Zeb
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Thank You

  6. Samuel Ridge
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Great vid, just a note to some viewers, if you have a high end camera like a 5D mkii the strap will come with a rubber view finder block, saves messing about with messy tape, you can also buy them very cheaply online. Thanks again!


  7. Mark Harris
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    As usual a brilliant video and I must visit that location. Kodak make a full set of filters with some numbers referring to different frequency of the rays and Cokin make one too. I'm just bought a EOS 5 and going to try it with infrared film to see how it turns out.

  8. Hoppi Hopp
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    The moment I put on that Hoya filter my focus is totally off. I cannot get one sharp picture. That's so annoying :/

  9. Richard Bates
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Thanks for the video!

    I'm wondering if no other in-camera settings were adjusted (ex. custom white balance) when taking this shot. Your foliage comes out a lot whiter than mine and my overall image is MUCH redder than yours.

    Thanks so much!

  10. paulohstorch
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    really great! But I have some doubts…could you help me?
    Why did you use such a long exposure like that? Why do not use f number at a lower value, with an ISO a little higher?
    Is it necessary to change any technical configuration in the camera?

    thank you!

  11. Chris Wurzcenyk
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Great video ! I think I have found a great channel for photography 🙂

  12. Karaknakai
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Awesome video! just started with IR myself and was looking for a video like this. Thanks for the tutorial :

  13. Rudy Pudy
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Hey Adam! This is the video that originally lured me to your channel. Have you ever tried shooting on the other end of the spectrum? i.e. using a UV-pass filter, which only lets through UV light? It seems like that isn't widely used and I wonder what your thoughts on the matter are 🙂

  14. Fanta C
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    What causes under exposed edges on infrared film?

  15. ZhexyMoonchild
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    how come you didn't set custom white balance? i thought that was essential when it comes to ir photography..nice tutorial!

  16. Yulius Sampe Datu
    July 12, 2017 at 17:48

    Great Tutorial…thanks

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