This week I a received my first Mirrorless Camera converted for infrared photography. Until this point all my infrared photos have been captured using converted Nikon DSLR cameras. They work great however, using a mirrorless cameras does offer some advantages over the DSLR. The biggest and best reason is it offers the ability to see the images in infrared prior to taking the photo. Due to the lack of a mirrored previewing system like DSLR’s, these smaller cameras rely on Electronic viewfinders (EVF’s) to preview what is in the frame. This means you are seeing what the sensor is seeing and in the case of infrared, you are seeing the image in infrared prior to taking the photo. Due to the differences in the way infrared light and traditional visible light is recorded, seeing the image in infrared creates more properly exposed images.
My mirrorless camera of choice for conversion is the Fujifilm X-E2. It was an easy choice since the camera was not getting much use up to this point. The company I use for conversions is Lifepixel (www.lifepixel.com). This is my third time using them over the last 10 years for a infrared camera conversion. When making a camera conversion you can chose from multiple IR filter options. My choice for this camera is the Super Color IR filter. I like this for the rich colors it can retain from the visible light spectrum while capturing all the infrared light.
If you are unfamiliar with Infrared photography just visit Lifepixel’s website, they have plenty of information to get you up to speed. Infrared photography is a great way to bring new life to an old camera sitting in your closet collecting dust. Infrared photography is not new and it pre-dates digital photography. Infrared film was readily available but the time and knowledge required meant very few actually used this format. Digital camera conversion and capture changed all that, now it is just like taking any other image. All IR images captured on a digital camera, especially color IR, needs to be run through Photoshop for some white balance corrections and some other techniques which you will need to learn. It is not that complicated or time intensive and Lifepixel’s site can walk you through it.
This week’s Photo of the Week comes from a quick test of my newly converted camera. I quick visit to a abandoned medical facility offers a interesting subject matter for this type of photography.