Recently, Mal Holmes, gave a presentation at Bury Photography Society about Infrared photography and I was somewhat captivated by the notion of it. I have recently found myself missing the technical side of photography – printing & processing film mostly – and because Infrared photography seemed so technical I thought that it was fascinating.

680nm filter

The results looking so haunting and surreal appealed to the side of me that enjoys the beauty of horror also, so I treated myself to a second hand converted compact camera from eBay for less than £50. The camera itself is a Full Spectrum camera with a set of Infrared filters (680nm – 950nm)

The weather in Bury the past couple of weeks has been nothing short of atrocious so I’ve not had that much of a chance to try out the camera yet; it’s only an 8 megapixel compact (Canon Powershot A630) so I am not expecting too much from it, just enough to let me experiment with Infrared and see if it works for me or not.

I managed to get out one evening before the light totally faded, while walking the dog around the park across the road just to see if it worked how I thought it would – I only took the 680nm filter – and got a few decent results. Decent enough for the time of day and the subject matter; what I’m trying to say is it worked!

The faint golden glow of the sky is what I was expecting from the 680nm filter and I could use the camera handheld to take these few snaps. I’ll be adding the camera to my regular camera bag whenever I go out into the countryside – when the weather improves!

11 responses to “Infrared”

    • Thank you very much.
      I certainly feel there is a lot of scope for learning with IR photography and I am looking forward to getting to grips with it some more.
      Thank you for commenting.

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    • Thanks a lot.
      I confess, I think I managed to get a bargain.
      The camera isn’t anything flashy, it’s dated and the specs aren’t anything near what you can buy now, but it’s been a great entry-point for trying it out.


      • For the minis I either use my iPhone or a DSLR, depending on how much effort I can be bothered with!
        The Infrared camera would make them look… odd? (I’ve never used it for them so will have to see how they look with it!)


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