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Filtering in the Field

There are many different types of filter you can use with your camera. Andy Brown discusses the benefits of filters and shows how different filters can be used to achieve different effects

Even without wielding a camera, most of us use optical filters to alter light in our day-to-day lives – in the form of sun glasses! The options for changing the spectrum on a photograph are a little more varied though so let’s take a look at a small selection. Remember that while it’s possible to mimic certain effects during the editing process, nothing betters getting it right in camera; plus, often only a filter will do.

In a nutshell, filters provide you with the capability to protect your lenses themselves – indeed many photographers fit a UV filter as standard, not so much to benefit the image quality today’s modern cameras are capable of producing, but simply to eliminate the risk of smears and scratches to the lens itself. Polarising filters are great for amplifying natural contrast, injecting a colour boost (fabulous for achieving deep blue skies!) and...

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Andy Brown

An ardent devotee to most genres of landscape photography, Andy’s primary fervour and passion is for mono and split-toned, ultra long exposure imagery.

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