Steven Saphore / stevensaphore.com
The first time I saw an infrared photograph, I realised I was peeking beyond the limits of human vision.
Places I’ve visited a thousand times before suddenly become alien landscapes waiting to be explored.
I’ve converted countless cameras to infrared, ranging from cheap point-andshoots to high-end DSLRs. Camera manufacturers place a series of infrared filters over the sensor. This is because invisible IR radiation can negatively affect the proper metering of visible light exposures. Regaining a camera’s lost IR sensitivity is as simple as using a screwdriver to extract the sensor from the camera and remove any IR filters. The entire project takes two or three hours and costs no more than $40.
Unlike the long exposures (10-30 seconds) required to take a photo by screwing an IR filter over the lens of an unmodified camera, this ‘thorough’ conversion enables to you to freeze a moment in time or record videos in infrared.
The beauty of infrared photography lies in its ability to reveal certain aspects of organisms and materials that we could never otherwise detect. So the usually blue noontime sky appears as dark as night, and vegetation appears bright white as though covered in snow.