Infrared Series

For extreme contrasts

Digital cameras are normally equipped with a permanent IR-cut filter in front of the image sensor, but the residual IR that is still transmitted can be used for typical infrared photos. The B+W 092 infrared filter 695 and the B+W 093 infrared filter 830 utilize exactly this gap when visible light is blocked.

The image is pre-selected and IR focusing is performed before attaching the filter as checking through the viewfinder or on the LCD is not possible when the IR filter is attached. The result is creative infrared photos with an amazing "Wood effect" (white leaves) and the typical dark sky.

The IR photos are optimized in the image-processing program: increase the contrast automatically or in the histogram; convert a color image to black and white or "play" with individual color channels, leaving the red channel at maximum. Infrared photography always has an experimental nature to it.

Key applications

  • For experimental and creative photographs
  • Images with extremely high black-white contrast 
  • Green foliage is rendered as bright white
  • Made in Germany

Please note

Infrared photography is not a substitute for a thermal imaging camera. The pictorial infrared photography described above is often confused with thermal photography. This also forms images from infrared radiation, but in a much higher range (from about 10,000 nm and above)

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Infrared filter

Before and after shots


Without B+W Infrared 093 filter

With B+W Infrared 093 filter

With B+W Infrared 093 filter -
converted to black and white

Without B+W Infrared 093 filter

With B+W Infrared 093 filter



Check our Infrared series

The B+W 092 IR filter 695 looks almost black, but is deep purple-red in front of a light source. It blocks visible light up to 650 nm, and at just below 700 nm it allows 50% to pass through (hence the dark red color).

From 730 nm to 2.000 nm the transmittance is very high at over 90%. This allows shots of the pure red and IR image. This IR filter is suitable for most digital cameras.


The B+W 093 IR filter 830 blocks the entire visible light spectrum. It therefore appears black and in contrast to the B+W 092 infrared filter 695, it enables shots in pure infrared without the visible red. The transmittance does not exceed 1 % until 800 nm, but increases to 88 % at 900 nm.

With this really pure IR filter, great attention must be paid to the residual IR transmission the digital camera does or does not transmit (i.e. certain cameras are better suited than others). The filter factor is highly dependent on the lighting. The optimum exposure value can be determined by running a series of tests.

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