Want the infrared film look, without specialized camera kit? Here's how

Ryutaro Tsukata
(Image credit: Ryutaro Tsukata)

Infrared light is present all around us, but is invisible to the human eye. Capturing infrared images requires specialized camera equipment that only records the red wavelengths. 

This creates distinctive-looking images; green or yellow objects are transformed into red tones, while blue and cyan subjects appear darker. If you don’t have an infrared-converted camera or infrared film, here’s how to simulate this style using Affinity Photo 2.

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Affinity Photo 2 save 50% now $34.99 (£33.99/AU$59.99)
A powerful image editing program that works on PC or Mac, where the price buys you the latest version of the software outright – so there are no monthly fees! Affinity is always a great value buy, but this price makes it an absolute steal.


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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.