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Filters

What Filters Work Best?

What Filters Work Best?

Buried deep within my closet is my collection of screw-on filters. I have warming and cooling filters for adjusting white balance, I have a red filter that can be used to increase the contrast in a black and white image, I have a yellow filter for darkening a black and white sky, I have special effects filters that soften images, add starbursts and do other cool things that were actually popular back in the 80s. I haven’t dragged that box out in years and haven’t really had a need to, either. Why not?
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A Primer on Lens Filters

A Primer on Lens Filters

During the old days of film, the lens filter was an important piece of equipment. It was often used to balance colors or to add special effects to an image but today’s digital technology lets us set white balance manually, or make changes after-the-fact in post-processing. Is there still any use for those filters? If so, how can we use them? How can they help improve our photos? Now’s your chance to find out.
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Why Use A Polarizing Filter?

Why Use A Polarizing Filter?

Do your landscape shots lack the wow factor? If so, you may want to consider the addition of a polarizing filter to your gear collection. Many photographers, particularly those of the landscape or nature genres, consider this an essential piece of equipment. Polarizing filters can enhance color, and can take an otherwise average scene and transform it to extraordinary.
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What You Need to Know about UV Filters

What You Need to Know about UV Filters

When we think of UV, we think of sunscreen and ultraviolet rays. When it comes to photography, the thought of a UV filter is to protect the lens. But, what else does it do? To better answer this, it’s important to understand more clearly what UV light is. The visible light spectrum runs from red to violet. Red light has the longest wavelength and violet light has the shortest. Light with a longer wavelength than red is called infrared, and light with a shorter wavelength than violet is called ultra violet or UV.
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What is the Neutral Density Filter?

What is the Neutral Density Filter?

Photoshop has replaced a lot of the gadgets we used to depend on as photographers. Colored and soft focus filters are now no longer needed because their effects can be duplicated easily in post-processing. Warming/cooling filters for different types of light are also no longer useful because most digital cameras have a white balance setting that makes them completely obsolete. But some filters can’t be easily replaced with a simple Photoshop command, and one of the most practical is the neutral density filter. In this article, I’ll explain what a Neutral Density filter is, and when it’s helpful to use one.
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When And How To Use A Neutral Density Filter

When And How To Use A Neutral Density Filter

There are a number of filters on the market today. You’ve probably heard of polarizers, warming filters, and cooling filters, but what about neutral density filters? The language sounds overly complicated, but rest assured it’s not. If you’ve ever wondered what one these filters does, and how you might use it in your own photography, you are about to find out.
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Some Fun Photographic Filters and When To Use Them

Some Fun Photographic Filters and When To Use Them

When the light outside is less than perfect, the right photographic filter can help you get the colors you want. There are filters for just about any shooting situation you can imagine, from sunsets to mid-afternoon, and everything in between. If you’re just getting started, and you want to learn more about the photographic filters most professionals use, you’ve come to the right place.
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