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For questions pertaining to photographic filters, which are usually glass or plastic accessories that are either screwed onto the lens or otherwise added in the optical path.

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Re create existing filter from example

I'm new here, have been reading around for weeks and would like to ask a question myself now. Yesterday a friend showed me these photos. I'm really charmed by the effect/filter used and am trying to ...
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Need advice on ND filters [duplicate]

I need to take a 2-minute exposure shot of a landscape scene on a regular sunny day at, let's say, f/4.5. I suppose I'll need to use ND filters for this purpose, but how do I figure out how many ...
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How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?

I would like to light buildings at night using torches etc. How do I reduce the sodium light (street light ) that is cast on it. Can I reduce it with a filter and if so which one?
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how to use a circular polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am testing out a B+W 49mm Circular Polarizer filter, but there is no marking, or indication where the starting position supposed to be. If the filter is supposed to be turned to turn polarization ...
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Hour long exposure of the sun

I'm attempting to do a shot without causing damage to my camera...A hour long exposure of a sunset. I've have used two pieces of welder's glass and got this shot. It caused a purple haze over a good ...
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Should I expect better results from more expensive variable ND filters? [duplicate]

To be able to make videos, I purchased inexpensive ($25) Bower FN72 and FN58 filters. While I haven't expected anything great from inexpensive filters, the result was below my expectations, so I ...
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Why does the use of multiple filters create vignetting?

Recently I have had vignetting problem with my Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (72mm) After checking, it is specified in the manual that one should not use multiple filters or thick filter (as ...
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Help me choose a Singh Ray filter combo!

I'm really interested in long exposure photography and will be shooting the coastline in the Pacific Northwest, plus landscapes mostly in Colorado. I have absolutely settled on Singh Ray filters as ...
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How do I find the filter size for Sigma lenses?

I know that my Nikon lens takes a 52mm filter size, however I also have two other lenses but they are Sigma lenses and don't have the mark to find the size for filters. How do I find the filter size ...
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Which filters will fit Voigtlander 15mm?

I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads. I ...
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What was done to this photo to get a surreal tone of pastel-like purples and blues?

What effects were applied to this photo, and do they have a name? Is the procedure called something specific? I notice a lot of photos from this photographer have this effect of slightly pastel-ish ...
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Do I need a filter to use my Canon EOS 60Da for daylight photography?

Which filter do I need for the 60Da to use it in normal daytime use? Apparently I need a IR filter. Could someone please explain exactly which one I need and perhaps a link to a place I can buy one? ...
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Which ND filter should I get for daytime bokeh-effect on video?

I wanna shoot video on a sunny day with a 1/50 shutter speed and f/1.8 (for a bokeh effect). I'm wondering what ND filter rating should I get in order to not over or underexpose the video. Could you ...
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Will filters help me get better colors in my digital photographs of my paintings?

Will filters help me get more accurate color when photographing my paintings? I have problems especially with reds and especially if there are no strong contrasting colors in a red painting.
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Can I measure the Wratten Number of a Filter?

I bought a cheap set of no-name color filters, for use in Black & White photography. Unfortunately, there are no Wratten numbers on them. In the comments, one person gives the exposure numbers he ...
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Can I buy Samyang 14mm filter holder in North America?

In January Samyang announced a dedicated Samyang 14mm filter holder but for some strange reason it is only available in Europe. Does anyone know if it can be purchased in Canada or the US? Does a ...
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Should I buy filters or step down adapters for multiple lenses? [duplicate]

Following my question about doing B/W, I ended up buying a Nikon N80 with a third party lens (28-90mm, 55mm diameter). I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens, which is 52mm. From what I ...
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Any reason not to use a 72mm CPOL filter with a 62mm step down ring?

I'm new to filters. I am considering buying a circular polarising filter. I would probably want to use it most on my Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f3.5-4.5 VR, which has a 72mm thread and by Nikkor 20mm f2.8 ...
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Usefulness of a Broken Polarizing Filter

I picked up my camera bag a few days ago, which was not zipped shut. Out fell two of my lenses. In the process I broke the focus motor on one lens and cracked a Hoya HD polarizing filter on the other ...
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How do I create a nighttime B&W image but have the subject illuminated by light in full color?

I am trying to do something difficult. I am trying to create a nighttime black and white image, of a man walking down a road. I need the road and scenery to be B&W, but the man illuminated by a ...
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How do I rig up a color filter for my Sigma 8-16mm Ultrawide?

I am a bit confused... I'm not sure if the cokin system will work on my lens, as my lens doesn't have threads for a filter. I've found that placing a Z series cokin filter in front of the lens will ...
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Should I go digital or analog for B/W on a budget?

I would like to try out photography in Black and White, specifically because it just has an awesome contrast and makes the motive "pop" in a certain way that color just detracts from (or maybe I have ...
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UV Filter Coating

I am using a Hoya UV Filter which the coating is inside the filter, not outside. I have today noticed that there is a small failure in the coating which is very small but annoying. My question is, ...
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Do UV filters serve any other purpose on modern lenses other than to protect them? [duplicate]

Are camera sensors sensitive to UV light? I thought that all modern cameras have UV protection 'built in'. Do UV filters serve any purpose nowadays other than protecting the lens from dirt, ...
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The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimun of f11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22

The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimum of f 11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22
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Can gripping a lens too hard cause softness/aberration or other damage?

I have a Nikon D80 kit lens with a circular screw-on polariser filter. In order to remove the filter I might have to grip the lens quite hard, and the end of the lens might be moved about in the ...
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Clarity filter in Photoshop

Why is there no Clarity filter in Photoshop? If one opens a camera RAW file it's possible to manipulate image clarity but when the image's inside Photoshop there's nothing like mid-tone contrast ...
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What is the downside of a cheap UV filter that is used solely for the protection of the lens? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EF 17-40L, and I am seeking to buy a UV filter solely intended for the protection of the front glass of the lens. I know that I have a hood for protection, but it makes the equipment ...
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Exact specification of N1-CL1 Nikon Closeup lens

On nikon site (and everywhere else) I've been unable to find any exact specification of tne N1-CL1 filter lens -- only thing I need is to know the exact focal distance of this lens (or dioptres, or ...
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Which special effects filter produces circular highlights?

Which special effects filter produces circular highlights as seen in this photo by Magda Wasiczek?
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Do I need a polariser for winter sports?

This will be my first year taking my DSLR to the slopes, I want to get the best pics possible. I have thought for a long time that the main thing I would need is a circular polariser to eliminate ...
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Why the trend of faded vintage photography?

I know it has been years as I google on faded photography. However, none seems to mention about the hype of this effect. Does faded photography create positive moods? Photography having vibrant ...
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Canon PowerShot sx500IS filter size

What is the filter size of the fixed 30xIS Canon Zoom Lens found on the PowerShot SX55IS?
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of ...
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What mount would fit a bare 50mm diameter, 2mm thick filter?

I have a 50mm diameter, 2mm thick unmounted optical glass filter that I want to attach to my camera. I haven't been able to find a resource that describes the size of the optical glass used in ...
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...
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How to Color Grading look like this?

I found a photo from Flickr The tone of photo seem like a japanese natural style (eco friendly). Highlight mostly green and add some Faded. How do I create this color grading in Photoshop. I, ...
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How to relate a photo filter transmittance function to a digital image colors?

The effect of some photo filters can be summarized in transmission curves such as this one: I want to simulate the effect of such filters on digital images. For example, the Warming Filter 81A ...
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What should I do when I have lenses with different filter thread sizes?

I want to get a filter kit for my D3200 camera. I am looking at a nice one, the only problem is, the thread size on my regular lens is different then my larger lens. Will it work for both of them? If ...
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Which should be the next upgrade? [closed]

I own Nikon D5100, with 18-55mm lens kit. I am thinking of buying a new lens. Which is good? I am more of interested in portrait and natural photography. Also which filter works well for these ...
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What is the filter size for Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens kit? [duplicate]

What is the filter size for Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens kit? Is it 52mm or 58mm?
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How to clean a multi-coated filter and not damage it?

I have recently purchased a Hoya ND400 multi-coated filter and took it out for some shooting. I accidentally got a fingerprint on it and decided to clean it with my microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, ...
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How to mount a circular ND filter in front of the ND graduated filter?

Recently I'm into landscape photography and trying to build a convenient and practical setup. I have the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder, Lee ND Grad filters and as solid Hoya ND16 filter. However, to set ...
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What is an AA Filter?

This question is from most recent release of Nikon's new version, the Nikon D5300. In one review, D5200 vs D5300, it says the the D5200 has an AA Filter. What is an AA Filter? What are its specific ...
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Can an Optical Low Pass Filter be applied via a lens filter?

I constantly see references to video being the application where an Optical Low Pass Filter is most useful, but it seems that still images do best without one. Would it be possible to then have a ...
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Theory of Variable Neutral Filter [duplicate]

I know what an ND filter does. I know what a polarizer does. I also know what two polarizers stacked together and rotated properly do. I also know that two polarizers are not the best solution. My ...
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Can a circular polarizer filter cause noisy images?

I am using a Canon 450D with 17-85mm Canon lens. I noticed that the image is very noisy when I use my CPL filter. Is my filter bad quality or is this normal? I notice this especially when I take RAW ...
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How and should I clean a single fingerprint off a filter?

I purchased a ND 1024x B&W filter and it arrived with a small fingerprint near the perimeter of the filter. Should I clean it or just leave it as cleaning would do more harm than its presence? ...
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Polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am new in photography. I am planning to buy a "Polarizing filter" for my lens. Actually, I know very little about this filter. So, I am not sure, does it really necessary to take good color ...
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Do I need a polarising filter?

A friend of mine who has a lot more knowledge than me regarding photography says that I should use a polarizing filter on my lens as that will protect it from sunlight and prevent it from getting ...