Understanding Camera Lens Filters In Simplicity

Posted on March 29, 2016 By

Understanding Camera Lens Filters In SimplicityThere are a lot of different filters available for your camera. As such, it is a good idea to have an understanding of camera filters. While there are some options that can be incredibly helpful, others may not be so much.

The most important benefit isn’t image quality.

UV filters are a great asset to have; not so much because they enrich the image you are taking, but because they are cheap. Why should you care if the filter is cheap? Because your lens isn’t! If you’ve been shopping for lenses, you may have discovered that some of the upper end ones are more expensive than the camera that you could be using. Suppose something scratches the glass? Even if the lens is an inexpensive one, would you rather that the scratched glass belongs to the lens or to a five dollar filter?

Capturing motion can be very bright.

Neutral density filters serve the sole purpose of reducing the amount of light entering the lens. The functionality added by such a filter would basically be to capture motion in daylight. In order to capture motion, you would want to slow the shutter speed, and that will let more light into the camera. Sometimes, using the camera’s mechanisms for exposure compensation just isn’t enough.

One shade doesn’t always cut it.

There is a special kind of neutral density filter called a graduated filter. Basically, the reduction of exposure occurs on a ‘graduated’ level. In other words, one side is darker than the other. These filters are often used in order to photography sunsets which would otherwise have a dark landscape or white-washed sky.

Sunglasses anyone?

Certain surfaces, such as water or metal, can cause heavy glare in sunlight, creating uneven exposure. Polarizing filters reduce that glare. Further effects include reduced exposure, and colors enrichment. Because color saturation attribute, I personally prefer to use polarizing filters instead of neutral density for long exposures. Of course, that is a personal preference. You should experiment to see what works best for you.

Utterly surreal…

Infrared filters are commonly used for landscapes, and can have a very surreal effect. Your camera is capable of detecting very low light frequencies, which are all that this particular lens will let in.

Feeling blue? We’ll fix that.

Light has temperature. If the color of light is leaning towards blue, it is said to be very cool light. Yellow light is said to be warm. You’ve probably read that the best time to take photos is during the hours when the sun is low. A major reason for that is that the sun lets off a very warm light during such hours, and warm light makes for some very beautiful images.

Unfortunately, you can’t always fire the shutter under those conditions. Warming filters can be a huge help when you don’t have the ideal quality of light. They can be particularly helpful for successful portrait photography.

There are a lot of options for filters. However, there are only a few essentials. By understanding camera lens filters, you can make good decisions and get heightened quality in your images.