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In the days of film photography the only way to achieve certain effect on your photos was through the use of specialized filters fitted to the camera prior to taking the photo, these filters are still used today?s digital world, and while some of the effects can be reproduced in a digital darkroom, others still require the photographer to do the work prior to post processing.

If you speak to most photographers (be they professional or amateur) they will probably have some kind of filter in their camera bag. While there are too many different types of filter to list them all in detail here, a rundown of the most popular would be:

Protective filters: Usually a UV or a Skylight filter, both often employed to protect the end element of a lens from slight knocks (it is far cheaper to replace a filter than a lens!).

Polarising filters: These are used to eliminate or reduce glare from water etc as well as to give the appearance of more vivid blue in skies, and are a must for landscape enthusiasts.

Neutral Density filters: These reduce the available light reaching the lens, allowing slower speeds to be used in bright conditions (excellent for showing the movement in water). and come in many strengths, and styles, often a graduated one being used to allow for skies to not be over exposed while exposing correctly for foreground objects.

Special effects filters: These are where you could go really mad, there are so many different variations to choose from, from starbursts ? creating striking bursts of light, to various colours ? giving the chosen colour cast to the whole image, these are worth investigating in more detail on other sites for a fuller picture.

We have a whole set of pages dedicated to different camera filters that details all the deffent types of filter if you are looking for more information.

Once you have chosen the style of filter you want to use, you also have to choose from the different types, the main two potions are circular filters that screw onto the front element of your lens (requiring many different sizes to fit different lenses) or square filters that slot into filter holders, with different adaptors this allows you to use one filter on many lenses, as well as stack them up. Of course what suits you will be different from what suits others, so research well before committing. There are many specialist manufacturers (of which I have listed many) but there are also many companies who have their own filters (Jessops I know for one).

As always we aim to provide as many links as we can, but if you find some that we have missed, please let us know and we will endeavour to add them where possible.

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