Infrared Photography has been something I wanted to get into ever since I went to the LifePixel website. I wanted to convert my DSLR sensor so I could take IR photos with them. I never got a chance to do this because in 2010 iPhone 4 changed the way I take and edit photos. This idea/project has been in the back of my head for the last 4 years.
There will be more blog posts to about Infrared Mobile Photography. Right now I wanted to publish my findings, so other can follow along or maybe other mobile photographers are trying to do this project too. My other goal is to be able to shoot IR photo a rather than use apps to get the IR results.
This is a whole new frontier because my only resources are coming from DSLR users, Fickr Group Discussions, DSLR bloggers and LifePixel. I have found anything on Google on mobile infrared photography or anything publish on this subject. Everything I’m about to publish are going to be trial and error blog posts. I’m prepared for the long road ahead with many frustrations along the way.
*The top photo was taken with Hueless and IR filter.*
Chapter 1: This is what I’m using at the moment, my iPhone 4S, Beastgrip and Polaroid 37mm IR720 Filter. Eventually there will be more mobile gear added in future blog posts on this subject, for now I want to keep it simple. At the end of the blog I will give you a list of filters, mobile gear and other things about IR photography as a whole. Below will be a camera app list that will be linked to the app store.
There are more camera app you can use but these are great to start with because of their adjustable settings and controls within these apps.
I did run into my first problem with mobile IR. Do you see that white halo in the photo ? That is a HOT SPOT !!! I’m trying to learn how to correct this problem. My first goal is to take IR mobile photo properly with using apps to correct my mistake. So it’s a serious learning curve and I have to look into more mobile gear and check my camera settings. I did a lot of reading and this is a common problem. When you edit your photos, the hot spot gets worse and you can’t cover it up.
I tried taking photos on overcast day because I read sunny days are prone to the hot spot problem. I shot up in the sky at clouds on an overcast day. I still get the white ring hot spot but it’s not as bad. I even tried putting a 37mm over the IR filter but I still got the ring and vignetting. I know I’m going to have to mess with the camera settings and controls. I did take this photo with ProCamera 8 with a high ISO setting. Normally when you use an IR filter, you have to do longer exposures to let light through. Another thing I wanted to add was I got a 720nm IR Filter because I wanted to get fake color in my photos for future editing. There are lower and high number filters but 720nm is the all around best to start with.
I did edit my photo with Snapseed but I wasn’t pleased with the results.
Then I edited my photo with Photoshop Express. I like the results a little better but I’m not truly satisfied with the edit.
So far the mobile IR is a bust but I refuse to give up, I know I can make this project work. This is a whole new learning experiences for me. I doing this blindly but I will learn from my mistakes. There will be more blog posts to come along in the future. Right now I wanted to publish what I’ve learn so far. Even if these results weren’t great, I’m hoping someone will find this blog post and leave helpful comments. If anyone has advice and helpful hints, please leave comments. I want to make this project a success !!!