7 Cool Infrared Photos

In the olden days of film, if you wanted to be cool and shoot photos using infrared light, you needed a special film. But with today’s DSLR cameras, all you need is an infrared lens filter. I haven’t personally shot an infrared picture yet – but I do think they can be kinda cool looking.

I found plenty of cool infrared images within the PhotoShelter community. Here are a few of my favorites…

Yankee Stadium by Rob Tringali.


Factory Building by Stephan Jouhoff.

Tree by Andrew Shurtleff.

Swimmer by Chris Ivin.

Albemarle County, Virginia by Andrew Shurtleff.

Infrared Shadow at the Racetrack – Death Valley by Scott Sharick.

Cattle Field by Stephan Jouhoff.

If you’ve spotted (or shot) any cool infrared photos, please share them by posting a link below!

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  1. Stan at 4:08 pm

    To do infra-red with digital, don’t you also need to have a camera that has been modified to remove the layer that is on the sensor to block infra-red? I could see with the filter alone you might be able to capture a little of the infra red that gets past the sensor filter, but it would be a very narrow bandwidth and the exposures would be very long. Were the examples shown done without the sensor modification. If so, I’ll have to re-think experimenting with this.

  2. james at 12:02 pm

    I, too, am intrigued and a bit confused. Can this effect be achieved simply through the use of the infra-red filter without modification to the sensor? If so, such a filter starts to seem well worth the investment.

  3. Grover Sanschagrin at 12:27 pm

    Yup. All you need is the filter. The sensor is already capable of seeing infrared, and the filter just blocks out all the other light.

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