In contrast with the human eye, digital camera sensors are sensitive to infrared light. To avoid color artifacts and autofocus calculations, digital camera sensors are equipped with infrared blocking filters. Older DSLR cameras may have less infrared blocking capabilities and offer the opportunity to capture near-infrared images. An alternative method to capture near-infrared photographs is to remove the infrared blocker in front of the sensor and replace it with another filter that blocks visible light. This method is expensive and requires to modify the camera and make it work only with infrared light.

Amazing Near-Infrared Photography Images

For older DSLR cameras with weaker infrared blocking capabilities a single detachable lens infrared filter might work. To test if your camera is capable of capturing infrared light, try to capture a  TV remote controller while pressing the buttons. With a shutter speed of 3-4 seconds, check the image for any infrared light coming through the remote controller. If you see marks of infrared light then you can buy a lens detachable filter. The filter will block the visible light and allow infrared light to pass through the filter. However, you need long shutter speeds of 15+ seconds to capture infrared photos.

Hoya detachable infrared filter:


To capture infrared images, a tripod is required to avoid camera shake. For good results, capturing sunny days with green trees and water lakes is a nice idea. The final challenge is to transform the reddish images in post-processing. Modifying white balance can result in images with dark blue skies and pinkish leaves.

Below, we can see a selection of 33 amazing infrared photos. Some of these images have undergone heavy post-processing to produce a beautiful dreamy effect.


amazing infrared photography (1)
Chree by Zach Stern


amazing infrared photography (2)
Reflets IRréels by David Keochkerian


amazing infrared photography (3)
Kill Bill. by digitalpimp.


amazing infrared photography (4)
Old vs New Hong Kong by Mattias Hammar


amazing infrared photography (5)
La petite maison dans la praIRie by David Keochkerian


amazing infrared photography (6)
Pont Chaban Delmas#2 by AlpixImages


amazing infrared photography (7)
Calm before the Storm by Mattias


amazing infrared photography (8)
A different World in Infrared by Werner Kunz


amazing infrared photography (9)
Catholic University by Zach Stern


amazing infrared photography (10)
Pagoda dreams by Yevgen Pogoryelov


amazing infrared photography (11)
Tree on Monument Hill by Zach Stern


amazing infrared photography (12)
Infra…. Blue! by David Keochkerian


amazing infrared photography (13)
Discovering the Light by Don Komarechka


amazing infrared photography (14)
The road to the big house by Neal Fowler


amazing infrared photography (15)
Blue on blue, heartache on heartache by Gabe Farnsworth


amazing infrared photography (16)
Ice Castle by Fillmore


infrared photography 17
Summer Snow by Mattias Hammar


infrared photography 18
Griffith Park Observatory in Infrared by Bob Denhaan


infrared photography 19
The Barn Across the Meadow by Frank Loose


infrared photography 20
Dove Memorial! by David Keochkerian


infrared photography 21
Tokyo Disneyland by Tom Bricker


infrared photography 22
Walt Disney World by Tom Bricker


infrared photography 23
White Lines by russbarnes


infrared photography 24
Scars & Stripes russbarnes


infrared photography 25
Photo by Thorsten Scheel


infrared photography 26
Bel Air (Le Haillan) by Adrien Sifre


infrared photography 27
Collins Street Buildings by Mattias Hammar


amazing infrared photography 28
Hot Air Balloons by Paula Cobleigh


amazing infrared photography 29
Infrared tree by  jeje62


amazing infrared photography 30
Lifeguard tower by Paula Cobleigh


amazing infrared photography 31
Boise in Infrared by vazagothic


amazing infrared photography 32
Dreams in Infrared by ilimel


amazing infrared photography 33
Horses Dreams infrared by MichiLauke