Cryptochromes (Crys) and photolyases (Phrs) are flavoproteins that contain an identical cofactor (flavin adenine dinucleotide, FAD) within the same protein architecture but whose physiological functions are entirely different. In this study, we investigated light-induced conformational changes of a cyanobacterium Cry/Phr-like protein (SCry-DASH) with UV-visible and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. We developed a system for measuring light-induced difference spectra under the concentrated conditions. In the presence of a reducing agent, SCry-DASH showed photoreduction to the reduced form, and we identified a signal unique for an anionic form in the process. Difference FTIR spectra enabled us to assign characteristic FTIR bands to the respective redox forms of FAD. An asparagine residue, which anchors the FAD embedded within the protein, is conserved not only in the cyanobacterial protein but also in Phrs and other Crys, including the mammalian clock-related Crys. By characterizing an asparagine-to-cysteine (N392C) mutant of SCry-DASH, which mimics an insect specific Cry, we identified structural changes of the carbonyl group of this conserved asparagine upon light irradiation. We also found that the N392C mutant is stabilized in the anionic form. We did not observe a signal from protonated carboxylic acid residues during the reduction process, suggesting that the carboxylic acid moiety would not be directly involved as a proton donor to FAD in the system. These results are in contrast to plant specific Crys represented by Arabidopsis thaliana Cry1 that carry Asp at the position. We discuss potential roles for this conserved asparagine position and functional diversity in the Cry/Phr frame.