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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).
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Photographers often ask can putting a filter on my lens hurt image quality? The short answer is yes, but there are specific lenses where this can be more of a problem. There are also simple methods you can do to test the filter.
Choosing a filter
Camera lens filters still have many uses in digital photography, and should be an important part of any photographer's camera bag.
Chinese filter manufacturer (website in Chinese and English)
How to use filters
Ken Rockwell on how to use filters
Manufacturer - Cokin
Only few years ago, photographers and videographers were asking for special effect filters. Today, they ask for COKIN filters
Manufacturer - David Noton
Chasing the light filter kit from David Noton
Manufacturer - Formatt Filters
Formatt Filters are renowned across the world for the high quality and technical excellence of their glass filters (including HD-specific glass filters) and camera filters. For technical details about Formatt's filters, please see this how our filters are made PDF.
Manufacturer - Haida
Haida Company is located in Ningbo, a beautiful port city that enjoys great geographical advantage and convenient traffic. Ningbo Seaport, as the second biggest deep-water port, has already connected transportation with all the other main ports all over the world. It only takes 40 minutes to transport the goods from our warehouse to Ningbo Seaport. It is also quite convenient for exportation by air transportation from Shanghai, as it just takes 2 hours for driving from Ningbo to Shanghai Port.
Manufacturer - Heliopan Filters
PDF file all about Heliopan filters
Manufacturer - Hoya Filters
The difference is clear...
Manufacturer - JYC
JYC Technology (HK) Co., Ltd. is one of leading professional photography accessory and studio equipment manufacturing companies in China. We specialize in DSLR & SLR camera remote shutters, lens filter, flash diffuser, flash trigger and other photography accessories.
Manufacturer - Kood
Kood International Limited are major worldwide suppliers of Batteries, Photographic and Video accessories and Filters and now, Inkjet consumables and Camera Bags.
Manufacturer - Lee Filters
At LEE Filters we are proud to say that we have earned and kept our reputation as the worlds leading manufacturer of lighting and camera filters by constantly looking ahead.
Manufacturer - Light Craft Workshop
High Quality Professional Equipments.
Manufacturer - Mekko
mekko means the Photographic solution factory.
Manufacturer - Rosco
Rosco, the worldwide leader in color filters
Manufacturer - Schneider Optics
German manufacturer of photographic equipment
Manufacturer - Sigma
Sigma?s EX DG filters benefit from our multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.
Manufacturer - Singh-Ray
Manufacturer - Sony
Filter pages from Sony
Manufacturer - Tiffen
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic filters and lens accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years.
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