Potential Dangers of Removing the IR Filter
If you want to be able to take black and white photos as opposed to simply converting photos to black and white, then you are going to want to remove the IR blocking filter. This, however, shouldn’t be tried by the faint of heart. You will be dismantling your digital camera. But, if you are still determined to do this, here are some hints on how to remove infrared filter from a digital camera.
Before you do decide to take the infrared filter out of your camera, you should know that you will not be able to take standard color pictures anymore. You will only be able to take black and white pictures. You may also lose some f-stops.
Overall, however, you will still be able to focus on subjects the same as before, but you should set the camera to at least f/8. The removal of the filter will alter the focusing ability a bit. And, you will have to get some practice in learning how to take pictures without the IR filter. They will be quite different than standard pictures.
If this is the first time that you are trying this, then you should attempt it on an older digital camera. This way, if something goes wrong, or if you just don’t like the way the camera takes pictures anymore, you can just use your newer camera. Also, be aware that the camera does have pretty high voltage inside of them that could shock or potentially kill you.