Maher champions using a DSLR for when shooting, which he uses with a sharp cut IR filter.
"It's better to see the infrared effect before you shoot. It has a preview, rather than a review," he said. Still, it could take some rigging to get the desired effect. "Photographers often buy the body and remove the black glass" or hot mirror placed in front of the CCD to block excessive IR light, he said.
Sony makes the only specific digital IR camera that has the ability to remove IR-blocking hot glass (the Sony DSC-F707 IR), but it is difficult to use in normal daylight, Maher said. After a well-publicized scandal where so-called peeping Toms were using it as an X-ray camera to see through clothes, the company intentionally modified it to be used at night.
"The truth is, there must be very specific conditions for this to happen. In all the time I've used it, I never got the effect," said Maher. Making it for night - time use "limits pros" considerably, he adds. The photographer combines an 88a infrared filter with neutral density filters to compensate for this daytime shortcoming.
Photoshop trainer Phillips argues that making digital cameras IR is an added expense that can be spared by using Photoshop. "The software allows the photographer to tweak and customize images in less than five minutes," he said.