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Perhaps one of the most un-used filters on the market. The FLD filter or the Fluorescent filter was used in the film days to correct the blue-green tint of fluorescent lights. Since magenta is on the opposite side of the color wheel from green some would say that the FLD filter is making less green.
I only have this filter because it came with the pack of filter’s I purchased. I do not believe personally that it helps you very much since it is really easy to correct for fluorescent light in camera as well post processing.
I felt the need to just explain it a little and show a couple of examples with the filter on.
If you take a photo with the filter on you’ll see it is very magenta and when you take the shot it is still pretty magenta in my opinion. It is designed like I said to compensate for the green of fluorescent film.
It does help but with so many shades of green and blue it can make it a little difficult for the lens to work fully.
I would say if it comes with a pack of filters keep it but I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase one. It does have a place and a time for use. Like in the picture above it really helped me out with the fluorescents, but if they had too many different types of fluorescent I might be screwed.
If you have one I’d love to see what you come up with.
Now that we have talked about the most common filter we move on to my favorite filter and one that I think you’ll be very happy that you purchased. No matter if you decide to buy and inexpensive one or you get better glass you’ll be so happy that you did!
A circular polarizing filter has a lot of technical mumbo jumbo which how it works and why it works, and there are lots of resources out there to allow you to better understand the mechanics behind it.
But that’s not the purpose of this post.
This post is to highly encourage you to buy my favorite filter!
So now you are asking why is this woman saying she loves this filter so much?
Well let’s break this down. First of all this filter is not in the normal sense that you slap it on the front of your lens and call it a day. It actually turns in the a circle…hence the name. If you were to pick it up and look at it you’d notice a shade on the filter kind of looks just like a pair of polarizing sunglasses. Depending on the direction you turn it in it will darken the sky.
The key with getting the sky darker is that you have to face about 90 degrees towards the sun. That will make your entire side darker instead of portions of it. Like you can see that there is a gradient on the image above. I am not willing to give up composition to get a huge deep blue sky when I could fix that up in post processing.
The CPL will also allow you to remove reflections in glass, such as if you were photographing a store glass, or reflections in water. You just twist the filter until you can see in camera that it is shifting.
The filter can also remove reflections on surfaces you didn’t know had them. It can help to bring out more vibrant colors which is the main reason I love this filter.
Since it does cut down on reflections from reflective surfaces it can tend to be dark. So, just remember to adjust your camera an f-stop or two to make a better exposure.
*Please note there will be a giveaway on the 15th of Mar 2014, so stick to this blog to get your chance to enter to win a set of filters*
The all so important (or unimportant!) filter.
Depends on who you are!
A little background about the UV filter. Originally the filter was created in the film days to remove ultraviolet radiation to enter you camera and change the image quality of the film. Thus a light yellow UV filter was created to prevent this changing. This light yellow of the filter actually filters out the light which is what creates haze in your photographs when you are outdoors. This filter will not do anything to prevent haze created from smog. It filters light not debris in the air.
Since the introduction of digital photography there is not a need any long for what filter was originally was created for. Although others would disagree. It still does filter out UV rays, to the degree that it actually effects your photos now from your digital camera is a debate.
There are UV filters out there that can cost as little as $5 and go up close to $200 depending on your needs.
Many photographers now use the UV filter to protect the lens from scratches and smudges. It would be better to lose a cheaper UV filter than the $500 lens you just purchased.
I did do a tiny test for you all to see two photos the first has my UV filter removed. I did edit both of the photos.
While editing I didn’t notice any difference between the two photos, they pretty much looked exactly the same.
I put the UV filter back on for this one.
I personally do not think that the UV filter has that much effect on the digital camera. But I do feel that it wouldn’t be a terrible purchase to get one. Many would argue that there is no need for additional glass to be on your lens and that you can get extra vignetting on your images.
I would highly recommend the filter just for the protection factor.
Please come back to continue on this filter journey and stay tuned for a giveaway as well!
I would love to hear what you think about filters. Do you feel that UV filter add or hinder your photography?
I have been given this book for free sent to my kindle to review for you all!
It is a motivation book for your marriage. I found the imagery in the book to be simply beautiful that accompanied the text.
The beauty of the book is how well the images connected to the words it didn’t feel like it was thrown together by any means. I think Liebermann really took into consideration how the photos would be used in the book and set them up really well.
It is a short book I believe only at 19 pages, but it is full of such lovely imagarey that would be perfect to read and would make a fantastic wedding gift.
I only wish it came in print rather than an electronic book just to do the imagery justice. I want to assume if you read it on your tablet or phone you would be able to see the images in the quality the should be presented in.
But all in all I think it was a wonderful read and well worth it even as an e-book on a kindle!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I find that the number one thing I end up with are silhouettes, most of the time because the sun is so harsh where I live that I’m constantly having to decide if I want to expose for the background or the subject in front of me. It can be a really challenge!
But other times I find that allow the camera to expose for the background and cast a beautiful silhouette can really change the dynamic of your picture.
Silhouettes can create drama and visual interest since most of the image is dark. There is no question…..
Most of the time….
What or who your subject is. It draws the viewer’s eye into the frame making them see exactly what you want them to see.
When photographing a silhouette try to let go of what you already know about photography. You have to think that you want to expose for you background not you subject. This will always render your subject in very near black or black. You can create a silhouette with almost any light source.
You just have to make sure with lower light sources you might have to employ the use of a tripod due to camera shake.
I like to use the sun or the TV which tend to be much stronger light sources and create more drama to me depending on the situation.
Try to remember that even though you are exposing for you background your focus should still be sharp on your subject. It loses meaning and drama when you allow the silhouette to go out of focus.
For the photograph above I shoot this outside my front door. The sunlight was flooding in from my window and I told my camera to spot meter off of the background because I wanted to expose for the background. This made my son black and left a little light around the edges of him that allowed some definition to still be there.
I also use the TV when I feel so inclined. I shut off all the light expect of course the TV to keep competing lights out of my images. I also waited for the right moment with the colors on the TV because I wanted to get a particular color cast on my son. You’d be surprised of the amount of colors you TV will cast on you when you actually stop and photograph a silhouette.
Don’t be afraid to try different light sources and angles, with these either. Even a nice camp fire could create and incredible image!
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
This month’s Black and White Challenge was “Love”. I interpreted it with my son in mind as well as his love for Shel Silverstein. I also included a couple of shots from the new Holga Lens I just got. I’ll have to make a post about these fun little guys in the future.
Please keep your eyes on this page for the new series on filters and also a giveaway at the end of the series!
If you liked this month please visit Jessica Mason’s blog to see what she came up with!