Photo Filters and How to Use Them

If you want a more natural looking photograph, whilst at the same time adding a certain effect or style to the picture, then you should use filters rather than adding the effects later on by using a photo editor. Photo editors are a great tool, however, they cannot completely recreate the kinds of pictures that you will capture with a filter fixed to your camera lens. In this article, we will look at some of the different and most popular filters that most professional photographers use, as well as how they can change the way you take pictures forever.

Of course, you do not always need filters in order to take great pictures; however, they are useful when the time comes to improve the quality of the image, or to soften an image or to control the light. There is a plethora of different camera lens filters to choose from, and some can add effects such as fog, starbursts, and even kaleidoscopic effects.

Some of the more Popular Filters Available Today

UV filters are a popular choice amongst amateur photographers as they can help to protect expensive lenses from becoming scratched, dirty or smudged, as well as protecting them from water intrusion. Unfortunately, most professional photographers tend to avoid them, as they are concerned that any kind of filter in front of the lens, no matter how clear, can affect the final image. That makes sense; however, if you are an amateur that has spent a large sum of money on a new lens, then you should consider this type of filter. Basically, if you take a lot of outdoor shots, then using a UV filter is a good idea, however, if you take most of your photos indoors, then you can possibly get away without using one.

If you take a lot of pictures that involve cars or other items that have reflective surfaces, then a polarizing filter is a good addition to your camera accessories bag. A polarizing filter will help to eliminate the glare caused by too much light being reflected from the surface.

Finally, a warming filter will help to add more warmth to pictures that are being taken in dull and dreary lighting conditions, and this will give skin tones a much more natural appearance. Not only that, but they will reduce the unnatural blue tint that can occur when taking photos in snowy conditions.

Hopefully, this article has given you a few ideas on how you can make use of the many different filters that are on the market today.