Capture thermal video and store locally

ThermalCapture is a custom designed hardware solution that allows the user to store RAW data directly on a USB memory stick, together with additional information. The custom built hardware fits nicely on the back of a thermal imaging core and can be mounted together with the camera into existing holders. ThermalCapture is also able to enrich the raw data with additional information like position and time from GPS.

We offer a total solution combining the thermal imaging core and the ThermalCapture hardware. But the hardware is also ideal for users that already have integrated a thermal imaging core onto their UAV and want to expand their functionality with storage.

“For us, the thermal imaging core is the ideal product, not only for its image quality, but first and foremost for its compactness and low weight, which makes it very easy to integrate onto a UAV. Another advantage of the thermal imaging core is its wide variety of available lens options and resolutions. There is a suitable solution for every budget. With this combined package, you can really have the image quality of a high-performance thermal imaging camera in a compact and lightweight (< 110g) format. “

ThermalCapture supports the advanced radiometric option of thermal imaging cores. With this option enabled, you can do a temperature measurement for every individual pixel of the picture.

ThermalCapture allows for two modes of operation. The video footage can either be obtained by continuous recording or by an external trigger, in fact the way a normal camera is operated.

With this thermal imaging core, you have the image quality of a high-performance thermal imaging camera in a compact and lightweight format.

Infrared Lenses

It is said that lenses are what makes a picture, rather than your camera body. While the camera is particularly important in digital infrared photography, it is also necessary to choose the right lens for the best pictures and maximum infrared exposure.

P & S wide angle adapters

Since point and shoot cameras have a permanent built in lens the only thing that you could really do to change it is via lens adapters. It used to be pretty common to have a nice wide end, in some cases as wide as 24mm (35mm film equivalent). Unfortunately, for some reason manufacturers started shifting to medium wide, usually around 35mm (35mm film equivalent), which is not very wide at all. This is particularly important for infrared lens as infrared tends to be shot wide in order to capture the landscape. Fortunately the wide end is slowly is creeping back in point and shoot camera designs, this is a welcome change for sure.

It is possible to buy wide angle adapters for point and shoot built in lenses, which are attached to the front via the filter thread or another specialized mounting system.

However, wide angle adapters on point and shoot lenses don’t provide the true wide angles of a dedicated digital SLR lens; the image quality is usually poorer, especially in infrared as wide adapters tend to capture stretched, distorted IR images, much more so than the normal visible light images.

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Android Thermal Camera

Imagine thermal imaging cameras so small they fit in the palm of your hand. So innovative, they attach to your Android device, enabling you to take high resolution thermal images and transmit them instantly, using any media you want. Whether for night-vision missions or precise thermographic surveys, cutting edge technology is now at your fingertips.

The high resolution night vision and thermography android thermal camera that have changed the way thermal imaging technology works – onsite or on the move.

It offers three different device models, each created to deliver unmatched thermal imaging, catering to many different applications. Choose the product that is right for you and enjoy superior performance.

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How to Choose the Correct Material

When choosing the correct IR material, there are three simple points to consider. Though the selection process is easier because there is a much smaller practical selection of materials for use in the infrared compared to the visible, these materials also tend to be more expensive due to fabrication and material costs.

  1. Thermal Properties – Frequently, optical materials are placed in environments where they are subjected to varying temperatures. Additionally, a common concern with IR applications is their tendency to produce a large amount of heat. A material’s index gradient and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) should be evaluated to ensure the user is met with the desired performance. CTE is the rate at which a material expands or contracts given a change in temperature. For example, germanium has a very high index gradient, possibly degrading optical performance if used in a thermally volatile setting.
  2. Transmission – Different applications operate within different regions of the IR spectrum. Certain IR substrates perform better depending on the wavelength at hand. For example, if the system is meant to operate in the MWIR, germanium is a better choice than sapphire, which works well in the NIR.
  3. Index of Refraction – IR materials vary in terms of index of refraction far more than visible materials do, allowing for more variation in system design. Unlike visible materials (such as N-BK7) that work well throughout the entire visible spectrum, IR materials are often limited to a small band within the IR spectrum, especially when anti-reflection coatings are applied.


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Outdoor Thermal Network Camera

The thermal network camera system is the perfect solution for all the requirements of 24/7 security and surveillance. The camera uses thermal imaging which allows users to detect people, objects and incidents in complete darkness or difficult conditions like smoke, haze, dust and light fog with option for multiple lenses.

The thermal network camera has functions up to two simultaneous video streams with H.264 and MPEG compression. IP cameras feature IP and analog outputs in the same package and when used in a network system, it features a full suit of alarm functions. In addition, the thermal network camera has intelligent cross-border alarm and intruder alarm.

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Night Vision Thermal Binoculars

Blindness in night is solved by thermal binoculars.

This handiest optical instrument is used for general observation to marine or sophisticated surveillance situations. The improved technology of thermal binoculars helps everybody to improve their vision in dark, sharper or crisper image, and great illumination through different selectable filters.

The technology behind these binoculars is Image enhancement and Thermal imaging. The adjustable illumination and other image controls provide more detailed refinement of your vision in the dark. You can get different models of the thermal binoculars according to the improved technology and advancement, and your requirement.

Optical quality, magnification power and the portability of the thermal binoculars are the important aspects which people look for purchasing thermal binoculars.

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Top 10 Uses for Thermal Imaging in Law Enforcement

Thermal imaging technology offers law enforcement officers the ability to see their surroundings in a brand new way, offering an identifiable and reliable “heat picture” of their environment. With the help of thermal imagers, officers can more effectively manage surveillance activities, locate and apprehend suspects, investigate crime scenes and conduct search and rescue operations. Proper use of the technology has been shown to help officers detect potential dangers and stay safer on the job.

Officers trained to use thermal imagers have a range of abilities not available with light intensification (night vision) or flashlights. While thermal imagers are similar to night vision in that they assist an officer with seeing his environment, these devices work on an entirely different principle. Light amplification products amplify existing light, and thermal imagers detect long wave infrared, or heat. A TI detects objects and people that emit heat, regardless of light conditions, and the picture is unaffected by light, clothing or inclement weather. Typically, hotter objects show as white, cooler objects show as black, and objects between these temperatures are displayed in shades of gray.

While thermal imagers can represent a significant investment, decision-makers who have a clear understanding of the how the technology can be applied in law enforcement can more easily establish the cost/benefit of making such an investment. With the advent of small, handheld, rugged thermal imagers, agencies are able to move the technology from a position inside a locked case in the captain’s office to a position in the patrol car. This advancement in practicality of thermal imagers has made a significant impact on how the technology is being used on the street.

Fugitive searches are enhanced when conducted with a thermal imager. Here an officer has assumed a position on a rooftop and has clear visibility, allowing him to thermally detect people at over 1500ft

1. Fugitive Searches

Thermal imagers provide law enforcement officers with a unique solution for the most common problems created when officers use flashlights to search for a hidden suspect. Dark or camouflaged clothing worn by a suspect can make it very difficult for officers to use light or night vision technology to distinguish him from his surroundings. With a thermal imager, officers have the ability to see the suspect’s body heat, which makes it very difficult for the suspect to conceal his position, whether he is hiding inside of a structure or outdoors.

Thermal imagers also enable officers to conceal their positions in the process of finding and apprehending the suspect. A flashlight, on the other hand, illuminates the officer and reveals his position, showing the suspect where the officer is and where he is looking.

On Jan. 4, the Fairfield County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office used a thermal imager to track a suspect who had fired several round from a 12-gauge shotgun, then fled into the woods directly behind his residence. Under the cover of darkness, Sgt. Chris Childers approached the woods with a thermal imager and immediately identified a person standing approximately 40 yards into the woods. He directed Cpl. Bill Dove and Dep. Ryan Johnson, via radio commands, to where the suspect was hiding, and the man was taken into custody without incident. Sgt. Childers later used the TI to identify two firearms in dense underbrush, about 10 yards from where the suspect had been hiding. Within minutes of engaging a thermal imager, both the suspect and the firearms were in custody

2. Officer Safety

When officers are approaching an unknown scene, safety is a primary consideration. Whether responding to a domestic disturbance, an assault, or other potentially violent scenario, the officer is at a disadvantage with the unknowns associated with approaching the scene. With a thermal imager, an officer can stop and scan the property at a distance, identifying anyone who might be waiting outside of the residence, as well as any dogs or animals that may increase the risk involved with walking onto the property.

Officer safety is enhanced when the scene is “sized up” thermally. Here we see a suspect attempting to elude by ducking between vehicles.

3. Surveillance Activities

Savvy criminals who know standard surveillance techniques may conceal their business by using tactics that disable light-sensing technologies. For example, drug dealers have been know to park their cars in a semi-circle, turn on the headlights and ply their trade behind the protective cover of light. While this technique disables devices including binoculars, video cameras and night vision, it does not work with thermal imagers. Bright headlights shined directly into a thermal imager will not affect the image on the screen, so an officer with a TI can look past the headlights and see clearly what is going on. If the imager is equipped with video out, officers can record footage for evidence at trial.

Perimeter surveillance is another application in which thermal imaging can be used to dramatically improve results and reduce the time committed to a particular operation. While a flashlight can provide visibility within a short distance, a thermal imager enables one officer to monitor up to 1,500 feet or more in any direction. An added benefit to the officer operating the TI is that he can remain unseen while controlling and securing the perimeter.

4. Hidden Compartments

There is a common misconception that thermal imagers can see through objects such as walls. Thermal imagers do not provide x-ray vision, but only detect heat radiated from surfaces. When scanning a wall made of drywall, for example, a TI operator will be able to identify studs because the temperature of the drywall where it is in contact with the stud is different, not because the TI is seeing through the wall.

With experience, law enforcement officers can learn to use thermal imagers to detect thermal irregularities. Split fuel tanks, hollow body panels that are stuffed full, loaded tires, and even automotive body fillers and putties are identifiable under a thermal inspection. Anything that does not appear to be normal can provide a clue leading an officer to investigate further.

Rapidly slowing a vehicle requires significant friction with the pavement. This friction can leave thermal imprints, even without visible skid marks.

5. Accident Investigation

Traffic re-constructionists seeking to determine speed at impact often begin by measuring skid marks. Modern cars, equipped with anti-lock braking systems, are designed to not leave such marks, which makes it difficult if not impossible to collect this measurement on scene. When a vehicle halts rapidly, however, a significant amount of friction is created between the tire and pavement, leaving thermal signatures that can linger up to 30 minutes or longer after the collision.

Accident re-constructions at well traveled intersections can also be made easier through the use of thermal imagers. With numerous skid marks, oil stains and grease marks, it can be difficult to tell which marks can be attributed to the accident. A thermal imager can point to the warmest marks, likely indicating those that were left most recently, yielding another piece to the puzzle of the accident.

Many types of accident investigations can benefit from the use of a thermal imager. First responders in Grandview, Missouri, recently used a thermal imager to investigate an accident that left the vehicle wrapped around a tree in a rural area. Following an unsuccessful search of nearby fields with the TI, they returned to the wreckage and saw a large white object in the tree immediately above the wreckage. There they found the driver, too intoxicated to flee, hiding from responding police.

6. Search and Rescue

While in many regions, the fire department is the lead agency in searches, the reality is that police officers are often dispatched to assist. Whether the missing person is a roaming child or an elderly Alzheimer’s patient, a thermal imager can help officers search large areas in short order. Depending on the type of thermal imager used and whether there are obstacles within view, officers may be able to search up to 1,500 feet in any direction. Over clear terrain, that gives the rescuer a search circle over one-half mile in diameter.

A thermal imager eases search efforts in large fields, at parks, near roadways, and even in wooded areas. Searches near bodies of water also offer opportunities to use a thermal imager. As long as the victim is not completely submerged, his body heat should be detected by the thermal imager. By combining use of the thermal imager with the use of spotlights and flashlights, officers can search on and around bodies of water more quickly and more effectively.

7. Disturbed Surfaces

Every material absorbs heat and releases heat in a specific manner. Altering the material potentially changes its thermal signature, giving the thermal imager an opportunity to detect the location of any changes. Drywall that has been repaired or repainted to cover evidence will have a different thermal signature than the rest of the wall. Recently overturned earth will change the temperature of that area, as well as how it absorbs and releases heat. This could help an officer identify buried evidence. Body fillers and putties used in automobile repairs or to conceal compartments will heat and cool differently than the normal sheet metal, making them visible to a thermal imager.

Thermal imaging can be useful for port security patrols as well as for navigational purposes. In the image above, there is a person visible in the rear of the smaller watercraft, and land mass is visible in the background.

8. Marine Patrol

As noted in the Search and Rescue section above, water is normally cooler than a person; therefore, a person floating on or swimming in the water appears warm and is easily visible with a thermal imager. Floating evidence, swimmers, skiers, land masses and other watercraft are all plainly visible on a TI. Thermal imagers are generally unaffected by fog, smoke or mist common in some maritime applications. A thermal imager can be used for surveillance, navigation, watercraft enforcement or search and rescue operations.

Due to the limitations of infrared technology, thermal imagers do not see under water. While an officer can use the thermal imager to help locate a person or object that is above or on the surface of the water, if the person or object submerges, it becomes invisible to the thermal imager. Despite that limitation, many agencies have experienced great success using handheld thermal imagers for marine patrol.

Locating evidence, even in tall grass or weeds, can be made more efficient through the use of thermal imaging. Here a handgun tossed by a fleeing suspect is visible. The handgun had been tucked in the suspect’s waistband prior to being tossed and had not been fired.

9. Locating Evidence

Weapons and drugs tossed by a fleeing suspect, or even casually dropped as an officer approaches, will generally yield a latent thermal image. Officers with thermal imagers can scan the immediate area around the suspect, or the path of pursuit, to locate potential evidence.

During crime scene investigations, the thermal imager can aid in the recovery of evidence that may be hard to detect with a flashlight and the human eye. Hotter objects, such as recently fired weapons or ejected shell casings, should generate stronger thermal images. In the Fairfield County situation, the thermal imager not only located the armed suspect, but it also helped officers locate the weapons. This prevented the guns from being left out where children could find them, as well as providing specific evidence to contradict the suspect’s statements.

10. Tactical Teams

While the military has used thermal imaging for decades, the technology is still relatively new to the law enforcement community as a whole. Tactical teams are among the few specialty areas in law enforcement that have been aggressive early adopters. Whether this technology adoption arises out of an increased comfort with technology or the need to discover all reasonable advantages due to their high-risk operations, implementation of thermal imaging by tactical teams is definitely on the rise.

Thermal imaging is superior to light amplification (night vision) in that it requires no light and is completely unaffected by bright light. Camouflage, dark clothing and partial concealment can easily affect night vision, but is rarely effective against thermal imagers. Tactical teams can use thermal imagers for a variety of applications, including pre-entry surveillance, stealth entry, search, evidence-collection and even scene size-up.


While these ten applications for thermal imaging in law enforcement are the most common, the true limits exist only in the officer’s creativity. Due to complexity, size and cost, thermal imagers have historically been safely secured in a supervisor’s office or locked away on the tactical vehicle. This placement effectively denies the use of the thermal imager to the patrol officer, where it can clearly provide greater safety and effectiveness. As size and cost have dropped, and ease of use has improved, there are fewer reasons to keep thermal imagers out of normal patrol situations.

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Night Vision and Thermal

We have been involved in designing, building, and repairing of all types and brands of night vision equipment. We are also the largest importer of quality night vision equipment which allows us to pass on substantial savings to you.

We offer a wide selection of equipment which includes both Night Vision and Thermal Night Vision, which ensures that you will always find the device right for your needs. Whatever your application may be, whether it be Gen 1, Gen 2+, XD-4, XD-5 or Gen 3 we are sure to have the right product for you.

At Night Vision we pride ourselves on our honesty, unbiased opinion; and with our vast experience we are able to offer you top quality advice on your requirements. Our aim is to supply you, the customer, with a quality product that will do the job for you at a competitive price without any pressure.

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Thermal imaging core help prevent power failures at utilities

In Western Europe electricity is usually taken for granted. Due to thorough maintenance programs power surges are a thing of the past in most European countries. To ensure continuous power supply regular inspections of the network’s components are really a must. thermal imaging core can play an important role in determining the state of operation of these components, so utility companies can more accurately maintain and repair their network.

Generally speaking all electronic equipment and components heat up before they break down. “Detecting this rise in temperature in an early stage allows us to plan our maintenance accordingly and to prevent costly failures”, continues Hintzsche. “The thermal imaging core play a crucial part in our preventive maintenance program.”

All components are checked periodically

The predictive maintenance program contains an exact planning of when each part of the systems needs to be inspected, depending on the importance of that part for the operation of the entire system and on how prone its components are to failure. “Each component of the network is checked at least once in every 12 years”, explains Hintzsche. “But crucial parts will be inspected in cycles of 4 to 5 years and some installations near busy traffic intersections or in difficult industrial environments where the components can be affected by pollution, such as salt, dust, smoke or soot, are inspected once a year.”

In addition, the thermography team keeps a 24/7 stand-by service which jumps in when impending failure is suspected. “An inspector or technician might hear a strange sound in the transformer of a substation, for instance”, explains Otto Heigl, one of the thermographic inspectors that use the thermal imaging core. “In such a case we have to find out whether there is a problem and if there is a problem we have to find out very quickly what is causing it. Our thermal imaging core help us to do that.”

Interchangeable lenses

Another advantage is the fact that these thermal imaging core have interchangable optics. “We use a 45° wide angle lens for close up inspections of transformer stations or substations and for long distance observations of power lines or high voltage transformation substations we change the lens to the 7° telephoto lens. This flexibility is very important for us.”

Introduction to Infrared Photography

Infrared, or “IR” photography, offers photographers of all abilities and budgets the opportunity to explore a new world – the world of the unseen. Why “unseen”? Because our eyes literally cannot see IR light, as it lies just beyond what is classified as the “visible” spectrum – that which human eyesight can detect. When we take photographs using infrared-equipped film or cameras, we are exposed to the world that can often look very different from that we are accustomed to seeing. Colors, textures, leaves and plants, human skin, and all other manner of objects can reflect IR light in unique and interesting ways, ones that cannot be mimicked with tools such as Photosho. Like any form of photography or art however, it is a matter of taste. I would strongly urge people to explore the world of IR. As the number of cameras-equipped devices proliferates and the associated technologies improve, IR photography may offer the opportunity for photographers to expand into new arenas and differentiate their offerings from those of others.


History Of Infrared Photography

The first forays into IR photography, using special film plates, began in the early part of the 20th century. During WWI, IR photography proved extremely valuable, as images using the IR spectrum were not affected as much by atmospheric haze as normal photos. IR images were also able to show stark distinctions between vegetation and buildings, better identifying potential enemy targets such as camouflaged munitions factories and other key sites. Rivers, streams, lakes, and other waterways were depicted in a very dark hue, making them much more obvious.

During the 1930s and 1940s, film makers introduced a variety of infrared sensitive films that attracted both amateur photographers and Hollywood filmmakers. The military extended its use of IR photography as well, as it sought every possible advantage during WWII. During the 1960s, IR photography saw a number of converts, as some of the leading musicians of the day, such as the Grateful Dead and Jimmy Hendrix, popularized its use via their psychedelic album covers. With the advent of the digital camera in the late 1990s, both regular and IR photography were about to change substantially. In addition to professional and amateur photographers, law enforcement officials rely on IR photography to detect forensic evidence not discerned through normal eyesight.


IR Light Qualities

Reflected IR light produces a fascinating array of surreal effects. Vegetation appears white or near white. Skin takes on a very milky, smooth texture, although veins close to the skin surface can be accentuated and take on a rather ghoulish appearance. Eyes can appear a bit ghostly with the irises registering very dark tones and the whites of the eye taking on a grayish hue. Black clothing can appear gray or white depending on the fabric. IR light can pass through sunglasses that, to the eye, appear extremely dark or mirror-like (see image below). Blue skies take on a much more dramatic appearance as well.

The other aspect of IR photos is a bit tougher to describe and classify. I have found that there is a certain type of contrast, or what I refer to as “crispness”, rarely seen in normal photography. High contrast B&W images are the closest in nature to IR photography, but even those don’t seem to have the same look and feel as IR images. These effects and others are what provide the magic of IR photography – just about everything looks very different from what you are used to seeing within the visible light spectrum.


IR Photography Options

35mm IR film is still readily available for as little as $11 for roll of 36 prints. It is easy enough to use in your existing SLR, thus enabling you to experiment with IR photography, without committing to anything more than a roll or two of film, and some development costs. Depending on your lab’s capabilities however, you may find that you have to ship the IR film to another lab that has the ability to process it, much as is required for high end B&W film.

Another alternative requires buying a circular IR filter (similar to a UV or circular polarizing filter) that attaches to the front of your camera lens. The IR filter prevents visible light from passing through while only allowing IR light to strike your camera’s sensor. These filters will vary in price depending on the size of the filter and the specific portion of the IR spectrum they address. The main difference between the filters is how colors are rendered (more on this in a bit), but this is primarily a matter of taste. Spending more money on a filter that focuses on a different part of the IR spectrum doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will like the results more than an IR filter costing much less.

What are the downsides of using an IR filter that attaches to your infrared lens? The primary issue is motion blur. Since your DSLR has an IR blocking filter in front of it, very little, if any, IR light reaches it. The IR filter allows only IR light to reach your sensor while filtering out the visible light. The combination of the IR blocking filter and the IR filter on the front of your infrared lens requires very long exposure times. Since the IR filter is very dark, you also have to focus before attaching the IR filter to your infrared lens.

The last option is to have a DSLR converted for exclusive IR use. This is more costly, but it produces the best results and offers the most flexibility.

DSLRs Converted For Dedicated IR Photography

This option requires the IR blocking filter that sits in front of your DSLR’s sensor to be removed, and substituted with one that allows only IR light to be passed through. It is the equivalent of taking the external IR filter I previously described, and substituting it for the IR blocking filter. What are the benefits to this approach? You can use your DSLR just as you do today, relying on normal exposure values and shutter speeds. Looking over my IR photo metadata, I have found that on a typical sunny day from May through August, at f/8 and ISO 100, I achieved shutter speeds of at least 1/125 and often much higher. No long exposures, no time focusing and then needing to shift your focus mode from AF to manual, no fiddling with IR filters on the front of your infrared lens. Most importantly – no blurred images.

Capturing IR Images

Since the DSLR has been modified for IR only purposes, you can use it just as you did when photographing images within the visible light spectrum. ISO, shutter speed, and aperture combinations will work in conjunction with one another just as they do with any non-IR DSLR. Matrix metering is always a safe bet with IR, although you may want to experiment with your camera, infrared lens, and lighting conditions to determine if center-weighted metering provides better results in a given situation. My D40x required me to adjust the exposure compensation button at times, dialing up/down by as much as 1.7. Normally, the range of adjustment was smaller – +/- .3 – .7. Although I have the same IR filter on my D90 however, I have noticed that the D90 requires much less adjustment of the exposure compensation. This was likely a result of the D90 and D40X using different camera sensors. It takes a bit of trial and error to understand what a “good” RAW image looks like in your LCD. With time however, you will come to recognize when you have properly exposed an IR image and if you need to adjust the exposure compensation.

What About Infrared Lenses?

We are trained to believe that the best infrared lenses will produce the best results. However, in the world of IR, the lens that works best in the visible spectrum can be a complete dud in the world of IR. Conversely, lower cost infrared lenses may perform much better than their counterparts. The main flaws with poor IR performing infrared lenses are twofold; producing a hotspot in the center of the image (slightly different exposure and colors than the rest of the image), and being more susceptible to flare. You may minimize the appearance of the hotspot in post processing, but it can take quite a bit of work. And just as with flares associated with the visible light spectrum, IR flares cannot easily be fixed without extensive Photoshop work. Worse, IR flares are harder to detect. When photographing in the visible light spectrum, you can often tell when you are on the verge of introducing a flare based on the angle of the lens relative to the sun. With IR however, you don’t always receive the same visible cue, since you can’t see IR light. Thus it is important to check your LCD as you shoot IR to ensure that you are not introducing flares into your photos, since you cannot trust your eyes.

Processing IR Images

RAW files afford the most flexibility for post processing IR images, just as they do for photos taken with visible light. The RAW images viewed straight from the camera are not very impressive – dull, pinkish in color, lacking in contrast. RAW images from an infrared DSLR would likely not persuade many people to delve much deeper into this style of photography. The IR image below (Pennsylvania Memorial in Gettysburg, PA) possesses a decent contrast level, but others can appear more bland or “muddied”.


What gives it this pinkish tone? A number of factors influence the look of the RAW IR image – the specific DSLR sensor used, the IR filter installed on the DSLR by the IR conversion company, and software algorithms used for white balance top the list. IR images actually have no color to them, but your DSLR’s sensor has to assign something to the red, green, and blue sensors associated with the Bayer pattern. While each camera’s IR images will appear slightly different than those of others, most modern DSLRs will produce a RAW file that looks somewhat similar to the image above.

I process my IR images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, using a preset that serves as a good starting point for adjusting the white balance, tone, contrast, sharpening, etc. The most important of these settings is the white balance, which I set to a temperature of 2100 and a tint of -72. The resultant image looks like the one below. Now the image is shaping up and looks much better than the sea of pink from the original RAW file. Warning: Changing the white balance settings of IR images can result in some drastic psychedelic experiences!

Below is the final version, after some additional processing, noise reduction, and sharpening:


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