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Taking Infrared Shots with the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit

The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit can be used not only do create wide-angle, multiple exposure or dreamy images; it can also be utilized to create stunning infrared shots. Here is a gallery, along with a detailed explanation of how it can be done.

Michael Emhofer, one of the folks from the Lomography HQ in Vienna, shared his initial impressions on the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit in this interview Today, he shares his infrared explorations using an Olympus EP-1 and our latest innovation.

Here is a summary of Michael’s set-up and process:

1. The camera is converted to full spectrum. This means that the filter that normaly keeps infrared and UV light from hitting the sensor has been replaced by clear glass.

2. The (CMOS) sensor itself is able to capture to a bit of uv light and a fair amount of infrared light (up to 950nm in wavelength).

3. Usually infrared light is kept away from the sensor so as to not let the grass and other vegetation have a wired color (brown or even white depending on the time of day).

4. I did not convert the camera myself but sent it off to the guy running this website. He has a lot of guides how to do that on your own, but it involves getting the right kind of glass to replace the filter with and some soldering on your camera. Another company offering a similar service in the United States is Lifepixel.

5. After converting the camera one can use various filters to either have only infrared light hit the sensor or have a spectrum of different wavelengths hit the sensor.

6. To take normal images I use an IR+UV cutoff filter that keeps the infrared and uv light out.

7. To take infrared images I use an IR pass filter that keeps everything but infrared light out, such as the classic Hoya R72 or a 850 nm pass filter.

8. For other images I used a bunch of other filters. The nicer ones there are in my honest opinion, a yellow or orange filter and a deep red filter. The filters supplied with the Experimental Lens Kit work well for that. I used them for most of the images that where taken with the lenses from the kit, except the ones that are only infrared light, since the kit has no IR pass filter.

There you have it folks. If you already have the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit, it’s time to experiment further and try taking infrared photos.

Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit. This lens pack is compatible with all Micro 4/3 digital cameras and comes with three lenses: standard 24mm, wide-angle 12mm and fisheye. This super creative lens kit will let you take wide-angle, fisheye, and multiple exposure shots, delight in exciting photographic effects and tint your images with color filters. View the Experimental Lens Kit Site or get yours in the Online Shop now!

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