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January 13, 2016 07:00 ET

Adorama Presents Step-by-Step Guide on Converting DSLRs Into Full-Spectrum Cameras

An Article Recently Published in Adorama Learning Center Gives Photographers Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Convert Their DSLRs Into Full-Spectrum Cameras

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jan 13, 2016) - Adorama, one of the world's largest photography, video and audio, imaging and electronics retailers, recently published a guide in Adorama Learning Center (ALC) for photo enthusiasts who are interested in converting their DSLRs into full-spectrum cameras.

Environmental photojournalist and ALC contributor Steven Saphore gives readers a step-by-step guide on performing a relatively simple DIY full-spectrum camera conversion at minimal or virtually no cost. "Full-Spectrum Light, by definition, is an electromagnetic energy that encompasses the spectrum of infrared, visible, and near-ultraviolet light. While no creature is sensitive to this entire range of energy, this particular spectrum is arguably the most important for the development of plant and animal life on planet earth," he notes.

Full-spectrum photography has long intrigued photographers interested in creating photos that are not limited to visible light. As the average digital camera contains an infrared hot mirror filter that blocks out most of the infrared and some of the ultraviolet light that would otherwise be detected by the sensor, converting digital cameras into full-spectrum units will enable them to detect some ultraviolet, all of the visible, and much of the near-infrared spectrum.

The resulting photos are often otherworldly: pink foliage, intensely azure skies, and pronounced contrasts between light and shadow. For this hack, Steven used his backup camera -- an old Canon EOS 1000D (also known as the Rebel XS in the U.S. and Kiss F in Japan).

The conversion process can be successfully applied to other entry-level DSLRs, as their construction is often similar. (Note: It is advisable to convert older, backup entry-level DSLRs into full-spectrum cameras, as the risk of permanently destroying your camera is real.)

These materials and tools are needed to perform the conversion: a full-spectrum glass filter or a UV glass filter, a screwdriver, a needle, a glass cutter, some sandpaper, and superglue (additional implements include tweezers, long-nose pliers, and a sharp blade).

Converting a DSLR into a full-spectrum camera involves removing the back cover, Digic III board, and sensor and then cutting and shaping the UV filter and reassembling the camera. Check out Adorama's full-spectrum camera conversion guide for the detailed steps.

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