Hey guys, I’m back with another post about photography. In the last blog, I talked about tripods. In this post, I’m going to be talking about another way to enhance your photography and videography from a low budget, to a deep pocket; camera filters.
The first filter that I will be talking about is a UV (Ultraviolet) filter. UV light is a type of light that our eyes can not see. So that brings up the question: “Why would you want to have a UV filter?” Well, because our camera can see the UV light. It creates a sort of haze or glare on your image.
Granted, this problem does not affect digital camera users as much as it does film camera users, because the image sensor in a digital camera is usually less sensitive to UV light. On the other hand, it would not hurt to keep a UV filter on any camera that you use because it can act as a cover for the front part of your lens.
The next type of filters that I will talk about are polarizing filters. Polarizing filters are what some photographers like to call “an essential filter.” It helps reduce glare on the picture, and it also helps with the saturation of the picture. There are two types of polarizing filters; circular and linear. The linear ones are usually used in film photography, but the circular ones are better for DSLR photography.
You put it on the end of your lens and turn the filter. The way the filter works is that generally, the top part of the filter will turn. When the filter turns, it changes the direction that the light/ glare is coming into the camera. This is very good for taking pictures of landscapes. Also, it is great for photography with water because you can turn it to where there is no glare on the top of the water, making it to where you can see through the water like it is crystal clear.
Neutral density (ND) filters are next on the list. The main job of ND filters are to block out light to allow you to have a longer shutter speed. This filter is great for landscapes because you can keep your ISO at the level you want to keep the color, while choosing the correct shutter speed to allow enough light to enter the shutter and hit the sensor.
Another reason that you would want to have this filter is because you might want to capture a picture and eliminate all movement from the shot. Even if people walk through a shot, no people will be in the picture. By taking a really long exposure while people are walking through (If the exposure is long enough), then the people will blur away.
These are just three of the various filters that are available out there. Check out more at www.expertphotography.com. I hope that this blog helped you understand a few of the more important filters that are used in the photography world by most photographers.