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Your digital camera is equipped with a sensor made of thousand of small phototransistors, those cells has the property to be a lot more sensitive
to infrared than visible light. That is why manufacturers must add a band pass filter to stop excess of infrared light. So we can reverse the end result
by replacing this daylight band pass filter by an infrared band pass filter which will stop excess of daylight and let the infrared get through. The results
are spectaculars.



In that kind of photography, trees and everything that contain chlorophyll change from green to white. The sky gets very contrasted with their whites
clouds on their dark background. We also can see the difference between by a cold lightening produced by fluorescent light compared with the more
hot incandescent light
. The white balances choose will make some greats effects from black & white picture to reddish toned pictures.


To modify a reflex camera.

You will have first to choose and order the IR filter type from  lifepixel.com. Then you send me your camera and filter so I can start the modification
on which consist to open the camera, take off circuitry, remove and disassemble the sensor assembly and replacing it band pass filter by your IR filter
with all precautions to not let dust enter between the sensor and filter. Sometime, I need to reopen the whole unit to remove small dust that kept inside.
On first check, we will see some white or black dots, which are not dust but dead pixels. Those dead pixels which were almost invisible prior the
modification, become obvious now because the sensor now can work on a lot more sensitive light bandwidth.    


The fees for replacing the filter are roughly from $ 250.00 to $300.00 and the price of the filter itself. The most advantage with the reflex is the wide diversity 
of lens available to use with the camera, however the disadvantage is that the auto focus is no longer usable because of the IR do not converge as the visible
rays do, but now with the new camera including the ''live view'' mode you still can perform an accurate manual focus. If the live view is not available on
your camera model, you will have to compensate the focus a little bit closer as we had to do with old lens that had a small red dot with the letter R
beside the index mark.             


                                       On this lens below the focus at infinity need to be set aligned to the small red dot for IR picture.

                                 red dot

To modify a point and shoot camera.

Here it is far cheaper and a bit more practical. You only send the camera on which we will apply the whole modification for around $ 150.00 to $ 250.00
depending on the model, this include the IR filter which we cut from a blank at the appropriate size. The most important advantage is that you keep all auto
focus function since the image sensor and the AF sensor are the same.




To see a lot more IR pictures, you can visit...
 François Desrosiers                              Jean-Pierre Tremblay                         Rachel Jacklyn Bilodeau

 Réal Bélanger

Here some examples from a 3.2 megapixels IR modified Olympus C3020.

 test1    test2

test3

But to often we forget that IR film still exist like Ilford SFX-200 with greats results, this film is available in 35mm and 120.
Here some IR pictures from Valerie Genest. More pictures on www.valeriegenest.com

IR-V6-9      IR-V6-15     IR-V6-17

IR-Vf6-11        IR-Vf6-18