1 GET YOURSELF READY Choose a location and get set up. With a modified infrared camera you don’t need any additional filters to record IR images. A tripod is handy but not essential. Stop your lens down to f11 or f16 to maximise depth of field and set the ISO to 100 or 200.
2 TAKE TAKE AN INFRARED SHOT If you an infrared shot with your modified camera straight ‘out of the box’ the images may come out bright red, because the camera doesn’t know it’s an infrared camera. You can remove the colour cast during post-production, but you are better off avoiding it altogether.
3 CREATE A CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE To avoid the red colour cast, you need to create a custom white balance for your modified camera. Check the camera’s instruction manual to find out how, but often it involves taking a shot of something like well-lit grass and getting the camera to base the white balance on that image.
4 WATCH THE EXPOSURE Shooting with the custom white balance set makes a big difference to the look of the image. However, as seen here, underexposure is common with infrared cameras, so be prepared to dial-in up to +2 stops or more of exposure in compensation, to produce well-exposed images.
5 YOU’VE TAKE THE FINAL SHOT Once got the exposure sorted, take your final shot. Here, aperture priority exposure mode was used, and an exposure of 1/100sec at f11 on ISO 200. The lens was a 1635mm zoom at 16mm on a modified full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk I. A lens hood was used to avoid flare.
6 LOOK FOR OTHER ANGLES Once you’ve bagged a great shot, explore the same subject or scene from different angles to see what else you can come up with. These shots were taken in harsh summer sunlight, which wouldn’t have been great for conventional photography but is ideal for infrared.