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August 3, 2007 @ 04:18 PM
filipin0y

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like exactly what does it do and what would be a good kind?
August 3, 2007 @ 10:04 PM
bomber

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dpfwiw.com/filters.htm

Probably more in depth than you wanted. Just keep in mind that cheap filters can potentially screw your image quality up and sometimes whatever you wanted to do with the filter could be done in photoshop after fact as well...

Just a thought.
August 3, 2007 @ 10:28 PM
Beez

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id like to know too please

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August 4, 2007 @ 12:50 AM
GrainBelt

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polarizers are helpful, so are neutral density filters. I don't really find the use for yellow/red/blue/etc. colored filters because like somebody said, you can achieve the same effect in photoshop.

but polarizers are bomb, i recommend getting one of those.
August 6, 2007 @ 04:46 PM
filipin0y

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what do polarizers do
August 6, 2007 @ 05:51 PM
Peter Suh

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Polarizers take the polars and polarize them. Duh :T

Here's the wikipedia link: LINK

A couple months ago, Photography Monthly did a cool review of some basics.. I'll see if I can find the article online.
August 6, 2007 @ 05:55 PM
Peter Suh

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It's a lengthier article in the hardcopy magazine.. but here's their quick online overview: LINK

Invaluable for deepening a blue sky, it eliminates glare so colours seem richer and cuts reflections in non-metallic surfaces. It’s the first two jobs that are the most important – they can transform a picture. Try and keep the sun at 90
August 7, 2007 @ 02:21 AM
GrainBelt

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infrared filters are also valuble if you're into that style
August 7, 2007 @ 09:19 AM
jessejessej

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UV filters dont really do much. I use it more for protection of the lense itself and to keep it clean. Polarizers give a really cool effect to such things as clear water at the beach when its sunny... you can see every twist and bend in the water as you take the shot.

Just my two cents.
August 10, 2007 @ 02:40 AM
reese

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what type of results are you looking for anyway?

polarizing filters are good for outdoors to reduce too much brightness and defines the background more
there are also color filters if you want a warm/cool, etc theme...
August 13, 2007 @ 08:43 PM
Beez

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First off get a UV filter to protect your lens. I recommend the brand Hoya.

cost of UV filter < cost of lens

Next, if you're shooting with B&W film there are certain colored filters that improve certain shades of gray, you'd have to google for a full tutorial.

There are filters that have the similar effects of HDR, google for that also.

Finally the goofy special effects filters suck, don't buy them and if you want to do stuff like that to your pictures, do it in photoshop, that way you won't ruin a potentially awesome shot as is.

Most of the effects of all filters can be done in photoshop nowadays. Some people like going old school though.


good info. thanks

are the b&w filters really effective?

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August 14, 2007 @ 07:49 PM
filipin0y

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but cant you just use b&w on like photoshop?
August 15, 2007 @ 01:09 AM
Beez

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definately, especially depending on the scene.

Great B&W photographers like Ansel Adams used B&W color filters


I am talking about Film SLR camera filters for B&W film photography.

Unless you scan your negatives onto a computer and into photoshop, you're going to have to go old school with filters and darkroom techniques to get the same effects.


^so it's not effective for digital?

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