How to Start In Infrared (IR) Photography

Cathedral Dome, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Taken at 36.48mm with a Sony DSC-V3.
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First of all, why shoot in Infrared? What’s so special about Infrared Photography? Well, for me it’s just amazing to see an IR Photograph. Let’s take for example the photo above, IR gives us a way to look at the world in a different way, whenever I see an IR photography I always have this feeling of fascination that I can’t explain. Seeing those green plants turn to white and blue sky turning black is just awesome.

Venturing into Infrared Photography is fairly easy and simple and doesn’t require you to break your bank, like what others have thought. For months now I have been using an old Sony Point and Shoot Camera the, Sony DSC-V3 which I bought from ebay for less than $100 probably cheaper now. Sony point and shoot are instant ir cameras. The IR blocking filter is instantly removed the moment you switch to Night shot mode. I have written a short post about the setup which you can read here.  This is the camera that I used to take all this IR photographs in my Gallery.


The Gibbons Hall, right across the National Shrine. Taken at 33.6mm with a Sony DSC-V3.

Using this Sony V3 and it’s older brother the DSC-v1 has it’s pros and cons:

Pros:

  • It’s a cheap way to start.
  • With patience you can get great result.

Cons:

  • Has it’s limitations.
  • With both the Sony DSC-V1 and DSC-V3, I can only shoot in P or Full Auto Mode when night shot is enabled
  • Shutter Speed is limited to 1/30sec when Night shot is enabled.

By knowing all this limitations I can adjust the way shoot by choosing the right time of day and or by using a tripod or a monopod so I can get good results.

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