Did you know that you can add a filter to your lens when taking photos? If you are not a fan of post-production editing, using a filter might be a great option for you! Lens filters allow you to take photos with pre-selected colour or exposure modifications and this will definitely lessen the load when editing. If you already know that you want warm toned photos, you can set up your camera to shoot that way with a warm colour-correcting lens, and if you want to lessen the exposure of skylight, try a UV filter! There are many solutions to all of your photography problems when using filters for your lens.
What Are They?
Filters are little glass discs that can be attached to the front of a lens on your camera. They are often used for protecting lenses and keeping them safe from getting scratched, damaged or dusty. However, there are so many different kinds of filters and they can all be used to add several other factors to your photos. A filter can improve the quality of your images or add special effects to them.
What Do They Do?
Filters not only protect your lens, but they also can correct colours, adjust exposure, and just improve the overall look of a photo that would otherwise be taken with a bare camera lens. Using a filter on your lens is almost like doing some photo editing before you take the photo. It saves you time when editing by knowing that you are already adjusting things like exposure to light and and colour correction while taking photos.
How Do They Work?
A filter works by being attached to the front of a lens, and there are a few ways you can go about by doing that. Most commonly, filters are screwed onto the lens. By just placing the filter on the front of the lens and twisting, it should become attached. However, there are other ways in which filters are made as well! Some lenses, like a telephoto lens, are too large to have a filter that can be screwed on. In cases like this, you may find a that the filter was made to be inserted into a part of the lens that goes further back, and therefore is smaller. Square or rectangular shaped filters will need to be attached to your lens with a filter holder. Filters like these are most commonly used for landscape photography.
What Kinds Of Filters Should You Know About?
UV & Skylight Filters
This is the most commonly used filter because it is ideal for protecting your lens. These filters are great for reducing extreme colour reflections from the sky or elsewhere. It will help to make bright natural lighting look a lot better and less extreme in your photos.
A polarizing filter can be compared to sunglasses so they can be really helpful when shooting on a bright sunny day! They really make colours pop and do a wonderful job at eliminating reflections and glares, which can be really helpful if you are taking photos of or by the water!
These filters are perfect for warming up or cooling down an image. They can be used to enhance certain colours in order to set the theme and mood of a particular photo or shoot. Colour correction is something that people often spend a lot of time on when editing, so using a filter like this can really save you some time!
Neutral Density Filters
This filter will control the amount of light that your lens will have access to, without impacting the colour at all. This is great for shooting in a bright place or somewhere with intense lights. By darkening your photos a little bit, you’ll be able to a capture a different kind of detail.