Friends Photo Group meeting: Filters in Photography

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Friday, 21 February 2020 - 10:30am

With so many photo-editing software now on offer, it's easy to say "It's OK, I'll fix it in Photoshop" rather than getting it right in camera. However, there still many reasons why you should aim to get it right and use tools such as filters. Thus, camera lens filters still have many uses in digital photography and should be an essential part of any photographer's camera bag. These can include polarizing filters to reduce glare and improve saturation, or simple UV/haze filters to provide extra protection for the front of your lens. This talk aims to familiarise you with these and other filters options. This presentation will cover some of the pros and cons of using filters and look at both sides of the argument to see why some still reach for physical filters while others rely on post-processing.

No neutral density filter applied

No neutral density filter applied.


Three stops neutral density filter

A three stops neutral density filter is good for smoothing out dynamic water while retaining some texture. This suits waterfall or seascape shooting. Your shutter speed is generally between 0.3 and 2 seconds.