With so many advances being made in DSLR technology, it is often the case that you might have an old camera or two that are sitting around and have been superseded by the latest models. While many people turn one of their older cameras into a backup, another thing that people like to do is turn their older cameras into an infrared camera. One of the options you can choose when you do your conversion is to allow your Nikon camera to be “full spectrum.” This allows your camera to be able to capture ultraviolet (UV), visible light (VL), and infrared (IR) images.
In this series, we’ll be discussing how to use a full spectrum camera, what it can do, and how to manipulate light to change the look of your images. We’ll also discuss some of the other options you have when converting your camera, and why you may want to choose one of them over going full spectrum.
It Is Not Full Spectrum
Calling a converted camera that can record UV, IR, and VL images “full spectrum” is a misnomer, since light is only a part of the electromagnetic spectrum and not the full (electromagnetic) spectrum. It ranges from gamma rays to radio waves, as shown in figure 1.
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