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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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Pros and cons of circular polarizer filter vs a linear one [duplicate]

There are some similar questions like What is the difference between a linear and a circular polarizer? but I am thinking of a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of the two types of filters. For ...
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Circular Polarizing filter in different lenses. Whether to use adapters or buy new filters?

I have the following lenses Canon 18-55 (filter ring size 58mm) Canon 55-250 (filter ring size 58mm) Sigma 35mm (filter ring size 67mm) Canon 10-22 (filter ring size 77mm) Canon 50mm (filter ring size ...
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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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What filters should I buy for landscape photography? limited budget

I am looking to get some ND filters for landscape photography but am totally confused on what is best to get. I have a budget of around £100 but am firstly confused whether I would be better off with ...
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How can I take a long-time exposure of water without a grey filter?

I would like to take some long-time exposure images from rivers and lakes, but I do not own a grey filter. That results in overexposed images, up to complete white images. Thus two questions: How can ...
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What ISO setting to use with R72 Filter?

I am experimenting with shooting on infrared film for the first time. I have IR B&W Rollei 400 ISO film, Canon AE-1 camera, 28 mm wide lens, Hoya R72 filter. Would I set my camera to 400 ISO or ...
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Polarizing filter: question regarding quality [duplicate]

I can buy a Vivitar brand polarizing filter from Walmart for less than $13, or I can buy a different brand from a photo store in the range of $60 to up over a $100. Instinct tells me that the Vivitar ...
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Oil Paint Effect app or Software

I'm looking for an app or software to do this effect on my photos. I searched and found some free photoshop action but neither not do this exactly, I'm wonder to know which mobile app or computer ...
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How do I get dust particles out from between the layers of my polarizer filter for my camera

I have an expensive Hoya anti-static polarizer filter. There is dust/spots between the two pieces of lens. How do I get them out???
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Is it safe to walk around with the Square Filter and Holder in? Not in tripod

I read this really terrific Q&A about them: Screw-in or square filters in the field? I really want to get an ND filter because of how versatile it would be but think I'd rather get the Square ...
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Telescope Solar Filters to fit Canon Lenses

I am planning on photographing an upcoming partial solar eclipse here in Singapore but I'm having trouble finding solar filters for the lenses I will be using. I have a Canon EF 500mm f4/L IS II USM ...
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Why are filters only added to the front of the lens and not the back, too (or even the camera)?

I see how some filters have to be attached to the front of the lens, because they require some amount of interaction, like a graduated neutral density or circular polariser filter. But what about the ...
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Bright image with infrared D3s and cap on (image included)

I have a D3s with no infrared filter (it has been removed). When I take dark images in high ISO with body cap on and covered in a wrap (so no light gets in), and no lens mounted, the images are not ...
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What can I put inside a 39mm gel holder?

Context So I have a 39mm gel holder for my Nikon 300 f4. AF lens. Question What can I put inside it? It doesn't look like a normal filter will work.
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Quickly Move A Circular Polariser Between Lenses

I have sausage fingers and often shoot in cold and wind. I have a 77mm circular polariser and rings that I leave on my lenses that step them up to 77mm. I find screwing and unscrewing the polariser an ...
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Is there a trick to use the correct NDx filter? [duplicate]

I have 3 ND (neutral density) with values of 2, 4 and 8. I know these filters remove light levels, but I don't know when I have to use each filter. Thanks for your time!
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Circular polarizer works great at shorter focal lengths, but significantly degrades the image at longer lengths. Why?

I bought a cheap CP recently to play around with, and noticed an interesting phenomenon: Using it with my 24mm lens on full-frame, images turn out tack-sharp - there is hardly any difference in ...
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Is my CPL faulty?

I recently a got a CPL filter for my camera. It is manufactured by a company called Massa. I tired playing around with it but never figured it out. The only thing it is does is make my photo ...
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Will polarizing filter or UV filter address those reflections?

I shot it in the old tenement house, against the light going through the window. I was able to avoid the reflections when shooting with a less of the window in the frame, but when trying to show more ...
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Are neutral density ratings in 1/3 stops or are they really in 0.3 stops? [duplicate]

I have a set of neutral density filters that are rated as .3, .6, and .9 stops. Are they actually multiples of 0.3, or are they really multiples of 1/3? For example 1/3, 2/3, and 1 stop? If I stack ...
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which filter should I buy for a Nikon 50mm 1.8G and 18-55mm kit lens?

I have a 50mm 1.8g and 18-55mm kit lens with my Nikon D3300. Which lens is best suited for landscape photography? Planning to buy a filter set consisting of UV, Polariser and ND filter. For which ...
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How can I correct high-altitude photos taken without a UV filter?

I took a string of photos, without a UV filter, at an altitude of 2.500m/8.200ft and they all look 'odd', flat, washed out. In the GIMP Color > Levels Tool the Input Levels the histogram for the red ...
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Lens or Filter to Blur Thermal Camera Images

I know this question sounds weird, but I am looking for some kind of lens or filter to blur the images taken by a thermal camera. I don't need to blur a specific part of an image, just a blur ...
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Shifting the range of an IR camera?

I have a FLIR One IR camera. Works fantastic, but it does top out at 100ºC. Are there filters available that filter a set amount of IR energy to effectively shift the range of sensitivity? I.e. ...
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Why does Rosco's filter page show that 33% transmission is 1 stop rather than 50%?

I was taught that each stop halves/doubles the light throughput. So one stop up is double as much light, one stop down is half as much light. Now, according to this Rosco table: ...
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Does using multiple filters reduce the image quality more than just one filter? [duplicate]

Context With regards to filters, I notice that Neutral Density Filters can go from 1-10 stops and sometimes even more. For larger square/rectangle filters, some of the holders can hold three while ...
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Can I use a polarizing filter as a neutral density filter to create motion blur on airplane photos?

Context Looking at the answer on How do I take pictures of planes flying at an airshow? I see that many of the shots have blurry rotors. I'm currently shooting at (210mm (1.5x crop), ISO 100, 1/800, ...
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Any recommendations for square/rectangle filter starter kit?

Context I've been using circular polarizes and related filters for my pictures using the screw in system. I've used the step up filter ring to fit larger filters on my smaller thread lens. I'm ...
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Anyone Know What Filter These Photos Use [closed]

Trying to make some pictures like these and can't figure out what filter they are using. Any help would be great. Wes
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Filter systems and adapter size [duplicate]

I want to purchase an ND filter and ND grad filters for my cameras. For lack of better terminology, I want the square ones. My lens sizes are 67mm and 77mm. I realize that I can use an adapter so ...
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How do digital filters work?

I don't really know what to call them, but the filters most commonly used by mobile photo and video apps, which are part of post-processing. I'm not a big fan of them but I'm curious as to how they ...
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Are these images from infrared film?

Recently have been eager to try my hand at infrared film photography. I've only done black and white film and color film so far, and have had experience in altering my negatives in post for ...
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Polarising lens size for Nikon D7000 [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D7000 and need to buy a polarising lens but don't know what size lens I need. I have the the starter kit lens AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm1.35-5.6g ED. I'm new to photography.
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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background? [duplicate]

I am trying to achieve the type of photo where the people/moving parts of the photograph are virtually invisible, but the static background is perfectly sharp. For example, I am taking a photo ...
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Where can I find (plastic) IR-cut filter material?

Is there any supplier of IR cut filter material? I.e., material that will block IR as opposed to allowing it to pass through? Preferably plastic, as I would like to be able to cut and shape it as ...
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Do I need a UV filter? [duplicate]

I'm an amateur and I'm buying a Nikon D5200. What exactly are filters used for? Do I need one for basic nature photography?
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Can you temporarily make an infrared digital camera “normal” again?

I have this great digital Sony NEX camera that was converted to shoot infrared photos. Sometimes I wonder if I could revert it to taking "normal" pictures with the use of a filter. I just started ...
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Is a Celestron telescope filter useful for photography?

I've recently found out about Celestron filters such as this one, which are meant to be used for telescopes, not cameras, but I would love to see examples of photos taken through these filters if ...
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UV filter stuck on lens [duplicate]

Just bought an expensive Nisi UV filter, screw it in on my lens, and now I can not take it off... Why these things happen with almost every filter? Any suggestions how can I take it off without ...
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How to fix dent in B+W circular polarizing filter?

I own a 77mm B+W Nano Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating. It has a small dent in the rim that makes turning it difficult. Can this be repaired, and if so, where? Thanks.
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Can I desaturate incoming light using a filter or series of filters mounted to the lens?

I've got a very difficult shot coming up. I'm photographing moonlight on a country meadow. I do not want to do post work. I need to do everything real time (for reasons too long to get into, there is ...
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Non standard enlarger filter holder

I got a set of 15x15cm (6x6in) enlarger filters which I (obviously) didn't think to check if they would fit my enlarger (Lucky, Japanese brand) The holder itself is about 11x11cm but the area inside ...
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How can I mount 1.25" filters on a webcam?

I have a webcam-like camera with a CMOS sensor and a C-mount type. And there are some filters used in astronomy that have a diameter of 1.25" type. There is adapters of course between those two mount ...
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Gel circular polarising filter

I am contemplating buying a lens that only takes rear gel filters. Is it possible to buy a circular polarising filter in gel format? If so, who can supply them (preferably UK based)?
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what is the camera filter used to correct daylight balanced sources to tungsten-balanced film?

what is the camera filter used to correct tungsten light sources for daylight balanced film? what is the camera filter used to correct daylight balanced sources to tungsten-balanced film?
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What are the outer dimensions of the adapter rings for Cokin Z/Lee filter holders

I was wondering if someone could tell me the outer diameter of the adapter rings for the Cokin Z or Lee 100mm filter holders. I am trying to adapt a Matte Box that someone has given me, that appears ...
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Does the order matter in filter stacking?

Suppose I want to shoot a bright location inside, with a shallow DOF, where the temperature is very warm, and on film. Easy, I just grab my ND and 80A filters. Now what? Do I put my ND filter on ...
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How to filter non-ultraviolet portions of the EM spectrum on a camera (Eg, needing a UV pass filter)?

I am assembling a project wherein I will be using a full spectrum camera that captures from around 250nm on up into infrared. My goal is to primarily work within the lower wavelength (ultraviolet) / ...
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

I want to take photos of a theater scene. I usually use a UV filter for nature photography, but what about a theater scene in a saloon with a dark environment? Is there any specific filter for these ...
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How can I keep lens filters and other attachments from sticking on the lens?

Is there anything that can be used to keep filters/lenses/adjustment ring threads from sticking in the first place?