Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Started Nov 7, 2008 | Discussions
LisaY Regular Member • Posts: 349
Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Sorry if this sounds silly, but I just discovered some photos taken in infrared and want to explore how it's done. I found a thread about the D70 and infrared, but haven't found much info on the D90. Can the D90 take infrared photos? Is it a filter you use? Can you get the same effects using an editing software? Which one? Since I'm new at this any help would be appreciated.
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Jerdog Contributing Member • Posts: 987
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

I'm not the one to ask about infrared photography, but here is an article that you might have an interest in....here is the link:
http://www.bythom.com/infrared.htm

OP LisaY Regular Member • Posts: 349
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Thanks
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iamwiggles Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Hi Lisa.

I upgraded from a D40, which I had used to do a little bit of IR photography with. The D40 is an excellent camera for it, and I used an attatchable filter. Cheapo ebay one at that.

The way I did it: I attatched the filter to my chosen lens. The I'd chose tungsten light as my white balance. Bump up the iso to 800, and then fire away. I shot hand held, which mostly worked fine in sunny conditions. I'd get a shutter speed raning from 1/10th of a second to 1/30th of a second. f 3.5 to around 5 combined with a wide angle on the lens, that worked out fine. After you've shot the photos I'd recommend doing some work in PS to get the colours "right".

But attatching the filter to the D90 when I got it made me realise that atleast for me, there is very little point doing IR photography with the D90. By using pretty much the same settings as I used on my D40, I didn't get anything close to a good exposure.

But I suppose if you have a tripod, you could lower the shutterspeed to around 15 or 30 seconds and see what happens. From what I understand, there is always some infrared light that gets through the cameras filter. So if you have a subject that is stationary, and isn't being affected by wind it should be alright.

-marius

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OP LisaY Regular Member • Posts: 349
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Thanks for the info!
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Douglas Lowe New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

The problem with newer cameras (with Nikon, pretty much anything since the D80) is that they are installing much more aggressive IR pass-through filters on the sensors. These filters block infrared light, since IR can shift the colors of standard photos. Honestly, if you want to shoot a lot of IR with a newer camera, your best bet is to convert your cam to IR-only. A company like LifePixel is your best bet. I still shoot IR with a Nikon D50, because I can't quite yet afford a new camera+the cost of conversion.

You can see some of my IR at http://douganphotography.webs.com or http://www.flickr.com/photos/cappaholic

TFergus
TFergus Veteran Member • Posts: 6,188
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Your best bet is to convert it.
The filters in the 80 and 90 are more restrictive so using a filter is useless.

Trying to stop the IR with a filter on the end of a lens just isn't the same.

OP LisaY Regular Member • Posts: 349
Re: Has anyone done infrared photos with the D90?

Thanks for the reply, I think I'll look for a used older camera and go the filter route to see if this is something I would really get into.
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