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To Filter or Not To Filter?

To Filter or Not To Filter?

To Filter or Not To Filter?

In the new age of digital photography, a lot of the “old school” ways have been falling to the wayside.  Things like dark rooms, film, handheld light meters.  Ever use one?  Although still great parts of the photography world – mostly in alternative process – somethings must change to make more efficient work flows.  One thing that I have noticed being used less and less are filters.  Filters are a way of “old school” that should be recommissioned, dusted off and put back on that camera.

I see many articles on social media and photographer’s blogs about nifty little special effects filters and such, but what about filters that are needed to get a better exposure.  Red filters for more contrast in black and white photos, neutral density filters to help even the exposure on drastically unevenly lit scenes, and polarizer filters to tone down glare from things like metal, glass, and water.

Oh, but I can Photoshop it!  Well, sort of.  Since the beginning of photography, one of the big rules always has been, “if it’s not on the film, it’s not going to be on the paper.”  If you have part of a scene that is over exposed, it will be “blown out” and not have any detail and could possibly have captured no parts of the scene.  If this happens, there is zero chance of being able to Photoshop it in.

In future articles we will go over some of the different types of filters that can help add that extra little pop into your photos.  Many filters are simple to attach, and take up very little space in the camera bag.  When used appropriately, they can not only enhance a photo, but also save a lot of time in post editing.  Most have very reasonable price tags so get out, get a few filters and have some fun.