How to Shoot Infrared Photography


Alright so today I am going to show you how
to take infrared photos using a regular camera and an Infrared filter, the Hoya r72 filter
to be exact. You can take Infrared photos with like a regular
camera, the thing is you need to buy a very special filter, to make that happen. And I’m going to give you a very quick overview
of how this works, basically your camera has a another filter in it that only allows in
visible light. But it is not very effective , it’s like maybe
1% of infrared light can get into the sensor, so what we are going to do is going to use
this filter which blocks visible light and let’s in only infrared light into your sensor. Now the problem is that this filter, since
you are not shooting visible light, you are shooting infrared light, it’s pitch black. Meaning you are going to be doing very long
exposures during the daytime. So, to do this, first of all you need to be
shooting in the middle of the day, preferably during the summer and there’s a few steps
that you are going to have to do in order to be successful. So I’m going to teach you today how to take
an infrared photo with your regular camera and the Hoya R72 filter. Which you could find easily on ebay. Let’s go over what you need to do first. First, you need to be shooting in the middle
of the day preferably in the summer. Alright that is very important, second, you’re
going to need to set the white balance different than what you usually set, so I am going to
teach you how to do that right now. First you need to point your camera to something
green like the grass or the trees, but it has to be all green. So right now I am gonna point my camera to
the grass. Just like that. So…step 2. I’m gonna take my Hoya R-72 filter and I am
going to put it on the camera and I’m going to take a picture of the grass like that. I pointed my camera to the grass. I put the Hoya R72 filter on it, now we don’t
know the exposure so we’re going to have to hit and miss. We’re gonna keep taking pictures until we
get the exposure of the grass right. Ok so I figured out the exposure for my grass
now this is something you are going to have to play around. It’s not going to be the same for everybody,
depending on the lens and whatnot. But right now I am shooting at f4, my ISO
is 1600, my shutter speed is 1 second. And that gave me exposure of the grass just
fine. So now…m going to go into my menu. I’m going to make sure my white balance is
set to custom white balance. And then, I’m gonna select the picture of
the grass I just took, It’s going to come out very red and I am going to set that as
my white balance. So what that is going to do, it’s gonna tell
the camera that pretty much anything green should be white. And that’s how you calibrate your camera for
taking the next photo. Next step is to compose your picture, but
the problem is that the Hoya r72 filter is pitch black so you can’t see a thing. So you’re going to have to take off the filter
again. Right? Go to your camera, recompose your picture
the way you want. Alright now that you’ve recomposed your image,
or reframed it, however you want to say. Take your filter, put it back on. Alright, now you might be thinking, I am ready
to shoot my photo. Right? That’s where you might be wrong. Actually, something that you might have trouble
with is light coming in and hitting the viewfinder. So this could actually mess up your photo,
you get some hot spots in the picture. We don’t want that. But before that, I want to point out that
some lenses have a little red markings on top of the lens. That is because when you focus, when the camera
focuses it’s calibrate to focus for focusing for visible light you know? But since we are shooting with infrared you
have these little red markings, those markings indicate where you should be focusing if you’re
shooting in infrared. Which we are so…we tried to focus before
like regular but now I’m going to move the focus according to the markets on my lens. I am shooting at 24mm and I am going to set
it to infinity and instead of doing the little white line that my lens usually focuses on. I’m going to set it to the little marking
that says 24mm infinity. So nobody tells you that but when you shoot
infrared, you should be focusing according to the little red lines and that’s most modern
lenses have that. And even if you don’t just play around with
it, trial and error. Now what I want you to do is to find something
to cover the little eyepiece right here, otherwise you are going to get hot spots on your lens. So we do that, and we are ready to do our
exposure. So take the photo. Now you want to check it. It might be very underexposed, so…we’re
going to increase the exposure depending…this is something you gotta play around with like…I
can’t give you an exposure, I can’t give you settings, you just gotta keep playing with
the settings until you get the photo to look correctly. This time I am exposing for 10 seconds and
see how that comes out. So…it turns out that for my camera, the
settings..the exposure was 10 seconds and that’s pretty good. But something I found out when I edit in lightroom
is that sometimes I think the photo is exposed but when I edit on the computer it is actually
overexposed. So…what I am going to do is actually I am
going to expose to the left, not the right, expose to the left. That means I am actually going to decrease
my exposure by a few seconds. Please be sure to shoot multiple times to
make sure you don’t make mistakes. And right now, that’s basically it I mean…that’s
really all you have to do when you’re shooting infrared filter. There’s benefits to shooting with a modified
infrared camera, I do have one, the main benefit is that you don’t have to do these long exposures
because this exposure was like I said like 8 seconds 10 seconds and everything is going
to be kind of blurry, the people are going to be walking but if you want to invest in
an infrared camera like dedicated modified infrared camera. You won’t have to worry about these long exposure
times. So…If you want to know how to edit these
pictures, I already uploaded a video on how to edit Infrared images but next time I will
be making a video on how to shoot with a modified infrared camera which is what I have and I
am also going to be making a video like a video primer introduction to infrared photography
which where I talk about everything and yeah right now I hope you guys found this useful
and if you have any questions, please be sure to ask me and I will see you.

26 Replies to “How to Shoot Infrared Photography”

  1. Great video as always ! I've been really interested in IR since I first saw your pics. Gonna try that 🙂 thanks a lot, keep up the great work you're truly amazing

  2. I didn't know it was possible to shoot IR with an unmodified camera and a simple filter!
    I'm definitely giving it a try, thanks.
    (Have you tried it at night in street? Curious of the results)

  3. I've been doing IR photography for years. I really recommend modifying a camera so you can use regular shutter speeds.
    I've modified a Sony Nex3-N which wasn't hard at all.

  4. great tutorial Sir.. may i ask what was the white balance you used to take the picture of grass that will be used as the custom WB?

  5. I've recently bought this Hoya filter. But the plants in my pictures are not with this pinkish color, do you use photoshop for that or have any video explaning the post-production?

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  7. I didn't know covering your view finder stops hotspots I have been blocking light going down the barrel of the lenses.

  8. Taking ir pics on an Unmodified camera requires long exposures as he said at the start the filter in camera only lets in 1%ish of ir light. A modded camera lets in 100% ir light so short exposure times even in dull days.

  9. Really good Video! Following you on nearly all social media platforms now <3

    But I still have some questions: do you use auto focus while reframing the photo without the lens or manual focus?

    And in your post processing video your pictures are really red but in this video they are rather white because you adjusted the white balance with the photo of the grass. Does it make a difference in how you edit them later?

  10. Just getting started with IRP, Running Fuji X-T20 with the kit 18-55. Despite covering the view finder I still seem to be getting the white spot, blow out in the centre of the images. Any advice or possibly something I'm forgetting to do? Thanks for all the tutorials! Super helpful!

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