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Why Filters Are a Photographer's Best Friend

Why Filters Are a Photographer's Best Friend

Posted by Ayo Olasupo on 14th Jan 2022

If you didn’t already know, filters can be amazingly helpful and useful. Cameras unfortunately just aren’t capable of always capturing light how we want them to. When we need some extra help to manipulate light, we use a filter. Filters shouldn’t be thrown onto a lens just because they’re available. They are tools that we use when want to truly enhance what we’re shooting.

Filters are great tools to use when we need to correct or intensify colors, correct color temperature, increase contrast without sacrificing shadows or highlights, and when you want to gain a shallow depth of field without having to increase your shutter speed. Your camera simply can’t capture perfect light, so when you want to have your cake and eat it too, you use a filter.

Filters are commonly used among both photographers and videographers. Filters function slightly differently for videographers because videographers might move their camera more than a photographer would. If you use a filter and need to move or pan your camera, keep in mind that the filter will affect the new parts of the scene that come into view.

There are several different types of filters, all with their own unique function. Color filters will simply change the hue of a scene. Diffusion, or mist, filters will soften the sharpness of a scene. Polarizers (often described as magic) enhance color while reducing reflections or glare, making it possible to shoot clearly through glass or a reflective surface. Filters have all kinds of powers that help us make our vision real. The most creative scenes you can conceive are made easier with the extra help controlling light that filters give us.

The most versatile filters are square filters that can be attached to any lens via a filter holder. All other lenses are circular and only fit on lenses that match their thread size. To find a filter for a specific lens, do a quick search of the lens to find its thread size, then look for filters that match. For the square filters, you just need to decide which ones you want, then find the right holder that you can use to attach the filters to your lens. Find your filter in our huge selection here or here then go out and make your dreams!