So people have been asking what surgical procedure I performed on the camera my good ol’ schoolmate Bernard donated to me to make it come up with funky infrared pictures. This is what I did:
From left to right, top to bottom:
- The Fujifilm Digital Q1, before operation.
- The front.
- I opened four screws in the back, and I pried the front cover open. (Don’t touch the big capacitor; it still stores a big electric charge, used for your camera’s flash.)
- I opened more layers until I reached the back, where the LCD screen was, and the final screws which held the infrared cut filter in place.
- From the front. Note the black thing in the middle; that holds the infrared cut filter.
- The 1/2″ CMOS, exposed! (Don’t let dust get on this.)
- I tried to push out the infrared cut filter.
- A handy Philips screwdriver, the infrared cut filter and the back plate, in infrared.
Left: Two negatives in front of the lens to block out normal light, and a few layers of negatives on the flash; right: opened, for ‘mixed mode‘ where it gets infrared and normal light.
From left to right, top to bottom: (All shots unedited, just resized.)
- My first expression when I assembled it back, and it worked! It could see infrared light.
- Okay, this picture was from before; the camera could never focus properly, being a fixed focus camera with a macro range of 60-120cm.
- The ‘mixed mode‘ lets in natural colors and a good dose of infrared.
- Infrared only, but because I removed the infrared cut filter, the camera became shortsighted!
- I bumped into Asyraf Lee at KLCC during this fashion show, and he hinted at what infrared photography could do…
- …which wasn’t true. Plus my camera couldn’t focus that far, so yeah, it would take very specific lighting and heat conditions to do what he said infrared photography could do.
Well, at least somebody said, “Hey, I don’t remember wearing that top…”
So uh… does anybody know anybody who knows how to cut glass to specific dimensions? I’ll pay to have my camera have good focus range… or, I could salvage the manual focus lens on my infrared webcam and put it on the camera! (The infrared cut filter holder is not the same size, so some hacking and superglue might be necessary…)