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MAKE was at the FIRST Robotics Competition over the weekend. One of the great things about going to these events is the people we meet. 16-year-old Matthew K. stopped by with his digital camera that he modified to shoot infrared pictures. Naturally, I asked if I could take a snapshot of Collin, one of our authors, to see how it worked. Pretty cool hack.

HOW TO – Take infrared pictures with a digital camera

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. idea says:

    Use the media from a broken 3.5 floppy disk… it works just as well and is a TON less grainy

  2. Marc de Vinck says:


    Thanks for the tip!

  3. Aud1073cH says:

    Check out Bill Beaty’s pages on IR filters

    I’ve made my own pair of IR goggles. I think I had to pay a little more than $10, because of the cost of the theatrical color filters. (smallest size 20″ x 24″) so
    one sheet congo blue $7
    one sheet medium red $7
    cup style welding goggles $4

    but I didn’t use all the gel (color filter), So there’s lots left over for making other things.
    So I made an IR filter for a flash light as well.

  4. matthew k says:

    I first posted this on the site that some of my friends run here I’ve created a login for you MAKE people the login is in all caps MAKEZINE and the password is also in all caps MAKEZINE

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