IR Imagery with the D50?
For a bit, I kept on hearing "YOu can not take an IR image with a digital camera. Made sence. Your eye doesn't see IR, messes with the visible light's clarity, ect...
Then I started to see some pictures on DeviantArt from a guy named gilad http://gilad.deviantart.com/ (Yes, he uses a canon)
Just recently he put out a tutorial on how to determine if you can, and how to go about doing it, and it got me thinking... Has any one here tried this. The D50 is listed and very sensitive on the site he posted for reference, and its a cool effect, but Now I'm just confused
#1. "RE: IR Imagery with the D50?" | In response to Reply # 0VeeDubb Registered since 07th Jun 2007Tue 06-Nov-07 05:32 AM
I'll share what I know about IR digital.
1. Most digital image sensors are VERY sensitive to IR.
2. Most digital cameras have a filter inside the camera body, on top of the sensor that blocks 'most' IR.
3. Because it only blocks 'most' IR, you can put a filter on the front of your camera that is black or VERY dark red so that it blocks almost all visible light, only letting IR through.
4. Taking pictures this way is a pain, because your camera will not be able to meter or focus, and you will not be able to see through the view finder.
5. Most people get around this, by composing their shot, adjusting the focus to compensate for the fact that IR does not behave the same as visible light when it passes through your lens, and then take a long exposure to compensate for the IR blocking sensor inside the camera.
In short, it's a pain if you don't want to mod your camera.
There is however, a way to mod your camera, to make it a dedicated IR camera. There is at least one company out there, maybe more, that will remove the IR blocking filter inside your camera, and replace it with one that blocks visible light, but passes IR. If you do this, you will only be able to take IR photographs with that camera, but you will be able to meter and compose your shots normally.
#2. "RE: IR Imagery with the D50?" | In response to Reply # 1Photograffiti Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2006Sun 11-Nov-07 08:41 AM
Yep, you can have a camera modified for IR photography. It's fairly expensive, but you can have it done for about $300. I recently sold my IR-modded D70, but you can see some of the results on my site.
Just click on "Art" in the navbar and then "Infared Photography".
I had my camera modified by LifePixel (www.lifepixel.com). They did a great job and had my camera back to me within a couple weeks.
Visit my Nikonians gallery.