In case you are wondering, we are not talking about the various filters in Instagram or VSCO. Instead we are going to explore the effects of various filters ranging from the underappreciated UV filter to the rarely used BW filter.
This infographic by Zippi guides us through some of the basic types of filters and what are their common uses.
Of course like all camera equipment, filters will do their job but getting that beautiful image is solely up to you. But of course, knowing how a piece of equipment works and how to maximize it to its full potential surely does help in getting that great shot. That said, filters are amazing tools that everyone should consider adding in their photography arsenal. Filters are very helpful in regulating the contrast, color and adding more exposure control.
3 Major things to consider before getting a filter:
1. Filter Size
Filters, especially the circular ones come in various sizes these are geared to the size of a lens. For example a Canon 50mm MKII has a filter thread of 52mm which means one should get a 58mm filter thread for it to fit. Those who don’t want to spend money in getting multiple copies of a filter can opt to buy the largest filter for their largest lens and get a step-up filter for their small lens. A step-up filter normally costs around $4 to $5 a pop whilst filters can cost $10 to a $100.
2. Filter Care
Filters have special coating that allows them to manipulate light and color. Any scratch, stain or damage that can happen to a filter may render it useless. Which is why it is prudent to get a cleaning and storing kit for filters. It is also good to note that filter caps are another good investment too since using an ordinary lens cap may scratch the filter’s coated lens.
3. You Get What You Pay For
We get it, filters are expensive, especially the good ones. And seeing one for less than $50 in eBay or in Amazon is a steal. While it may seem too good to be true, cheap filters most often lead to a disappointing imaging results.
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