6 Infrared Films For That Otherworldly Glow


Infrared film is sought-after for its blazing highlights and enhanced depth and contrasts. The film is sensitive to several sources: visible light, ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation. While they may act as normal black and white films, they create intense, detailed images under infrared filters. Photographers may even choose to hand-color them.

Efke Infrared IR820

The Efke Infrared IR820 is a 35mm film with a sensitivity of up to 820nm (nanometers), resulting to dream-like photographs. With the use of a red filter, skin tones and leaves will appear pure white.

Credits: nickt, mylatehope, lazybuddha & bccbarbosa

Read more about the Efke Infrared IR820.

ORWO TC27 400

Formerly used as a surveillance film, the ORWO TC27 400 is a highly sensitive black and white infrared film. Variations in light and contrast create very detailed images that maintain a vintage aura.

Credits: korppi, cryboy & oldstandby

Read more about the ORWO TC27 400.

Ilford SFX Infrared 200

If you enjoy taking portraits and nature photos, the Ilford SFX Infrared 200 is here to up your analogue experience. With a red filter, images turn more intense as plants turn white and skin tones get a glowy effect.

Credits: schlogoat, eskimofriend, h_hache & aka_papu

Read more about the Ilford SFX Infrared 200.

Konica Infrared 750nm

The Konica Infrared 750nm, while no longer in production, is a favorite among nature photographers due to its excellent sharpness and tones. It is available in 35mm or medium format formats.

Credits: kangiha

Read more about Konica Infrared 750nm.

Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE

If you like ethereal and Pictorialist-looking photographs, the Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE is the one for you. Because it has moderate contrast and infrared sensitivity from 250nm to 900nm (it is more sensitive to light than other infrared films), it is known to create halos around bright objects.

Credits: ihave2pillows, specialblewah, bloomchen & vicuna

Read more about Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE.

Kodak Aerochrome Infrared Film

Formerly used for aerial photography, military photography and other scientific purposes, the Kodak Aerochrome Infrared Film is a false-color reversal film with purplish-to-red colors, used by photographer Richard Mosse. Since Aerochrome has long been discontinued, Lomography recreated the film with the Lomochrome Purple 400.

Credits: kleinerkaries, anafaro & chippo

Read more about the Kodak Aerochrome Infrared Film or check out Lomochrome Purple 400.

Do you know any other infrared film that wasn’t mentioned in the list? Let us know through the comments section!

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  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    WHAAATTT??? It means we should using amber filter when using lomochrome purple?

  2. shokijay
    shokijay ·

    How about Rollei IR400. I've just bought a roll of 35mm to try when the trees are in full leaf. I have an R72 filter, which should work ok. I was impressed by the images on www.martinzimelka.com/pages/Rollei_Infrared_400.html

  3. duffman
    duffman ·

    Kodak EI and the FPP color infrared (kodak aerochrome 1443)

  4. sharpwaveripple
    sharpwaveripple ·

    @shokijay I'm a huge fan of Rollei's IR400; it's a little more muted in effect than efke 820ir and Kodak HIE, but the grain character is very pleasing... In fact, infrared aside, it may be one of my favourite regular monochrome films when used without a filter!

  5. cyberpunkrocker
    cyberpunkrocker ·

    Rollei Infrared 400, of course

  6. shokijay
    shokijay ·

    @sharpwaveripple good results without a filter? That is food for thought, thank you for the tip.

  7. paddyreason
    paddyreason ·

    Lomography - all of the film users I know are gagging and begging for a colour infra red film. I have just spent a fortune importing a role of Aerochrome from FPP in USA. Surely you can get someone to make it for you as I am sure there is a demand and unlike Ecktachrome 400 which is E4, Aerochrome is E6 which can still be done in the high street labs. Please have a look.

  8. gueaut
    gueaut ·

    @paddyreason How does the FPP Film compare? I've heard about it and I've been wanting to try it out.

  9. paddyreason
    paddyreason ·

    Hi, thanks for the Q. I haven't been able to use it yet as on reading the instructions for use, it warns against using an SLR with DX coding built in i.e Canon EOS due to Internal LEDs which might cause fogging. I am going to borrow an old completely manual SLR but it is staying in the fridge until then. Oddly, I shot all my old Ektachrome IR Colour on an EOS in the 90s without an issue and that had auto DX (I have poseted some scans of these pictures).

  10. 645fan
    645fan ·

    "Lomography recreated the film with the Lomochrome Purple 400." If only that was true. Nice as the Purple is (I've shot 2 rolls of it), the results are nothing like Aerochrome. Foliage shot on Purple is, well, purple, and skies are green. On Aerochrome, foliage is vivid red and skies remain blue. Now if you really DO ever create a C41 film that mimics the E6 Aerochrome, I don't think you'd be able to keep up with demand, it would be that popular.

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