What is infrared photography?

The human eye can detect light from between 400-700nm. This range makes up the colors of the rainbow. Above 700nm is infrared, an invisible world that humans can’t see.

What is infrared photography?

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The Ultra Color infrared conversion (590nm) The 590nm infrared conversion lets more visible light in, producing the most vibrant colors. Leaves are golden yellow, and skies are bright blue. B+W contrast is lower than the deeper infrared filters. When to get this IR conversion: This conversion is good for vibrant color IR landscapes, allowing the most flexibility in post processing. Also a good choice for portraits. The shallow IR shows less veins than the deeper IR filters while still creating a dreamy look. May not be as sharp as the deeper filters do to increased chromatic aberration. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 665, 720, and 850 filter over the lens making it the most flexible infrared conversion option if you don't want to shoot normal color.

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The Extra Color infrared conversion (665nm) The Extra color infrared conversion (665nm) has an effect between the 720nm and 590nm, producing more vibrant colors than the 720nm for pale yellow leaves and brighter blue skies. When to get this conversion: Our favorite filter, this filter is best suited for processing to a traditional blue sky and white leaves, by desaturating the yellow in the leaves. This produces a look like the 720nm filter, but providing a richer blue that comes out more reliably between different cameras and different shooting conditions. Also a good choice for portraits. The shallow IR shows less veins than the deeper IR filters while still creating a dreamy look. May not be as sharp as the deeper filters do to increased chromatic aberration. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 720 and 850 filter over the lens.

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The Standard IR Filter (720nm) This is the tried and true classic infrared conversion. It allows for good color for false color, and good contrast for black and white. This is equivalent to the Hoya R72 and Wratten 89b. When to get this infrared conversion: This IR conversion is good if you are interested in shooting some mild color and black and white. This filter produces the traditional dark blue skies and can also be processed for color. While not as high contrast as the 850nm, some people prefer this filter over the 850nm for B+W work, as it allows a little more color for B+W processing. Cameras with this conversion can also add the 850nm filter over the lens.

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The Deep Black and White filter (850nm) The 850nm infrared conversion is good for a dedicated black and white IR. The camera and will produce bright whites and pronounced darks. With a custom white balance in camera, the picture is close to pure B+W without any processing.  Equivalent to the Wratten 87c. When to get this infrared conversion: This filter is the best for the highest contrast B+W, closest resembling traditional B+W IR film. Also good for forensics and other applications where the deep IR wavelengths are helpful.

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The NDVI Blue IR filter (Blue +IR) Our newest filter transmits both blue and IR, making it ideal for NDVI crop analysis applications, allowing an NDVI to be generated from a single image using the blue and red channels of the image. This filter is also handy for landscape photography, as it produces a similar effect to the 590nm after a channel swap, right out of the camera. When to get this conversion: Good for crop analysis purposes and a false color IR without post processing. Due to the multiple bands the lens has to focus with this filter, the images are less sharp than they can be with the dedicated IR filters. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 720 and 850 filter over the lens.

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The Full Spectrum conversion (clear glass) makes the camera sensitive to UV, visible, and IR light, allowing switching between various external filters to achieve the desired effect, this allows going between infrared and regular shooting with one camera, however on DSLRs opaque infrared filters will block composition. The Two Spectrum conversion (IR + Visible) makes the camera sensitive to visible and IR light. It works the same way as the full spectrum, while filtering out UV for better color rendition in visible light shooting. When to get these conversions: Cameras with these infrared conversions offer the most flexibility to narrow down the specific spectrum at the lens level, allowing you to get the most out of one camera body. The only drawbacks are the requirement for addition filters, and a blocked viewfinder on DSLRs. These IR conversions require the use of live view and are perfect for mirrorless cameras. Get the full spectrum if you want to shoot UV, get the two spectrum if you don't want to shoot UV and want better color from the visible shooting.  

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The Sony A7 system was the first full mirrorless camera outside of the Lieca rangefinders, and its short flange distance made it possible to almost universally adapt to any lens to it. This includs Leica rangefinder lenses, making it the only other camera that could use these high quality light lenses, and at a fraction of the price of a Lieca camera. It was quickly discovered, however, that rangefinder lenses did not perform well on the stock Sony A7's due to Sony's inclusion of a very thick sensor filter, which introduced significant blur on the corners when using rangefinder or even SLR film lenses. We have developed a service that replaces the Sony A7 series cameras' normally thick sensor glass with a thin-filter replacement that performs better with Leica lenses, film lenses, and non-Sony lenses, significantly improving corner sharpness.

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Available now, our UV filter allows for photography of the ultraviolet band. Useful for assessing sun damage, document analysis, forensics, plant photography, and many others. Our filter is specially designed for no IR light leak at an affordable price. Shop here

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What our clients say

  • When I discovered infrared photography, I knew almost nothing about it and searched all over the internet before deciding to us Kolari Vision as my source for information. The web site is very informative and they quickly answered all my questions. I decided to put my trust in them to help me choose the right camera for conversion, including the type of filter, and I was not disappointed! And I got it back within just a few days. I have recommended Kolari Vision to several friends and family who have shown an interest in IR photography. When I decide to upgrade to a DSLR, I will be contacting Kolari vision for advice and conversion services. Meanwhile I’m going to enjoy using my Canon G9!

    Shirley Byrne
  • After days of researching reviews, comments and various websites that do IR conversions, I decided to go with KolariVision. Sent off my Nikon D200 for an 850Nm conversion. Turn around time was 10 days door to door. My camera came back perfect! Looked as if it was never touched. Started shooting with it right out of the box.... after a quick custom white balance. Images are SHARP! and the sensor is CLEAN!. Even with several other lenses the auto focus is dead on! If you are thinking of getting into digital IR photography I would HIGHLY RECOMEND Kolari Vision for quality, customer service, price and turn around time. I will be using them for future conversions.

    M. Lubiarz
  • I recently bought a converted Canon SZ7 and am quite happy with the photos I've obtained with the camera. In the old film days I often wished to do IR photography but never did owing to the complexity among other things. I have a couple of old digital cameras- an Olympus C2000Z and a Minolta Dimage 7 which I've used. This little converted Canon, however, is much more convenient in that I don't need any extra filters and it's small enough to fit in my shirt pocket. Its focal length range is astonishing for such a small camera. I am primarily interested in black and white IR photos of landscapes, especially skies. The images are easily converted in Paint Shop Pro X. This camera is ideal in that I need never leave the house without it. With its very small sensor, the photos are somewhat soft but respond well to sharpening in post-processing. Overall, I am very happy with this camera- it is exactly what I was looking for.

    Brian Sutherland
  • Kolari Visions conversion service is a high quality professional service. With me having over 40 years in photography of one kind or another, I would usually never let anyone touch a camera unless it was a factory authorized shop. To show my skepticism, I went over the camera with a 10x eye loop. I looked for screws with messed up heads, and or gaps and poor fitting shells. NONE of this showed up. And since the fingers are more sensitive than the eyes, I closed my eyes and carefully felt the camera all over! Wow! Great Job! Kolari Visions. The test will come over the next few months, but the first few shots I made were analyzed from edge to edge, and blown up to see pixel behavior at the edges and around the center. Quality was there and I now place Kolari Visions card In with the manufactures. They are a place I will return to and know I am getting first class work done. The service and advice is great, so if you want a great job done Kolari Visions I will recommend. If you are not quite sure what to get. Then E-Mail the staff and they will give you an honest idea for the product to fit you. If you are on a budget, push it now because once you are hooked on the fun, you will be glad you did.

    Steve Shelton
  • Since the mid 60's I have worked with IR as an art form and a part of my business even before Kodak made high speed IR. Exposure and process have always been critical to achieve excellent results and even then were unpredictable. IR film is still available but the character has been lost and it's extremely slow and again hard to use. I decided to give Kolari Vision a try and see how their IR filter worked for B&W. My camera arrived today after just one week and I am knocked out with the results. It's overcast in my area today with rain which would have made it impossible to photograph on film. Being very excited I decided to shoot a few tests and could not believe the superb results. The results were way beyond my expectations and beyond what I would expect on a good day with film. I wish Kolari had been around years ago. Job well done! Inexpensive, fast and superb results!!!

    Don Dudenbostel