Shoot in­frared im­ages with a fil­ter

A lens-mounted in­frared fil­ter pro­duces ef­fec­tive re­sults, but you need to shoot long ex­po­sures

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01 Take the long view

In­frared fil­ters cut out a lot of light, so you’ll need to set up for a long ex­po­sure. Mount your cam­era on a tri­pod and work out your com­po­si­tion, then screw on the fil­ter. If you’re shoot­ing trees and fo­liage wait for the di­rect sun­light to hit them, as it’ll make the shot much more punchy.

02 Use Live View

Once the fil­ter is at­tached to your lens your viewfinder will be use­less, but you can still get a view of the scene if you switch to Live View and tem­po­rar­ily turn the mode dial to P. This will en­able you to fine-tune your com­po­si­tion and zoom in to fo­cus on your sub­ject.

03 Set up your cam­era

Your me­ter­ing won’t be ac­cu­rate, so shoot in Man­ual mode and take test shots to work out your ex­po­sure (on a sunny day we used 20 secs at f/18, ISO400). To avoid shake, use a ca­ble re­lease or se­lect Ex­po­sure De­lay Mode, which locks up the mir­ror and de­lays the shut­ter by a sec­ond or two.

04 Choose an ex­po­sure

A long ex­po­sure means that any mov­ing el­e­ments in your scene, such as clouds or rustling trees, will come out blurred. This can add to the dream­like ef­fect, but if it’s not what you want, open up the aper­ture or in­crease the ISO to give you a faster shut­ter speed.

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