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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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Why would someone want a 58mm-58mm filter ring?

I don't even know what to call this thing. It's been sitting in a box of camera stuff for a while and I have forgotten where it came from.
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Neutral Density Filter for a 58mm filter diameter

I am planning to get a Neutral Density Filter for one of my lenses (58mm filter lens). But I am new to filters and clueless on the parameters to check for before I could select one. I recently ...
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What do the effects of different coloured lens filters have on B&W photos? [duplicate]

Assumptions: 35mm SLR, 50mm "standard" lens, Ilford FP4 or similar film, capturing daylight scenes with normal colours. What effects do colour filters have on film photos captured on black & ...
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What are the advantages of leaving an ND filter on a lens at all times?

I was chatting to a friend yesterday who had his Nikon D300 with a constant 2.8 aperture zoom lens (I can't remember the focal length, might have been around 17-55). The curious thing was that he had ...
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Blue / Green Water Filters and Shooting RAW While SCUBA Diving

I've recently gotten into SCUBA diving, and am curious about shooting with available light underwater. I've heard that when taking underwater photos with available light, an appropriate blue or green ...
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Which filter should I use on a bright day [duplicate]

What are filters for? If I want to use slow shutter speeds on a bright day, which filters are appropriate.
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How do graduated ND filters actually work?

My question stems from the fact that the surface of the filter is completely out of focus. My understanding is that light from any one point of the subject hits the lens all over... some of it ...
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Are neutral density filters or polarizers better for a desert environment? Or another filter?

Desert environment includes actual desert, some water (yes, I said that), some (dusty) city scenes, some POSSIBLY shiny buildings and pools of water. The research on this suggests that ND polarizers ...
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What is the basic gear for astrophotography?

I have a Canon 60D and would like to start doing some astrophotography and/or time-lapses of the Milky Way. I know I need to buy a special tripod, one with either ecuatorial mount or a computer ...
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What are the uses of Neutral Density (ND) filters?

Apart from silky water effects and pics of crowded places what are other uses of ND filters? Almost every blog I have read mentions only these two situations. What other uses are their for ND ...
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Where can I buy a filter for UV photography in Europe? (sub 400 nm)

Does anyone know where one can purchase filters for UV photography in Europe? These are the opposite of standard UV filters - these block visible light and only allow UV to pass through. All I could ...
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Why are my results with a variable neutral density filter poor?

I bought a inexpensive variable neutral density filter, this ND2-ND400 variety. I wasn't expecting a whole lot because of the very low price point, but I think I'm either using it incorrectly or my ...
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How do I make a package look “heroic and important” in a advertising shoot?

I've been given the following assignment, and unsure what to do with it. An advertising agency has hired you to photograph individual "pack shots" of a range of packet soups. The soups come in ...
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How to batch process dust and scratch removal in pictures with the use of filters?

I have a few hundred scanned slides that are about 30 yrs old and contain quiet a lot of dust/scratches. I'd like to use a filter to automate removal of most dust/scratches as I cannot realistically ...
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How can I find out if the polarizer filter is linear or circular?

How can I find out if the polarizer is linear or circular? Is there anything else to know about it? All I know about a polarizer is that it's useful when taking pictures of water or windows.
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What is the use of these Hoya +1 and +2 filters?

I found some old filters (labeled +1, +2) which my dad used on his SLR back in the day. I'm not sure what they're good for or if they're useful on my DSLR. Can someone tell me more about them (i.e. ...
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How can I use 58mm filters with the Sony Nex-7?

I have 58mm filters, and I found out that the Sony filter size is 49mm. How can I use the larger filters with my Nex? Would I need a step up ring? Would it be better to buy 49mm filters instead? ...
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What is lens filter size of Kodak Z990?

I have a Kodak z990 Max digital camera and the filter size is not noted on the lens front and not mentioned in the documentation. I figure it is probably in the range of 50-52mm. Can you help? Kodak ...
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Which filter do I need to perform NDVI measurements?

I have Nikon D70s DSLR camera and i would like to modify it for NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) measurment. I am looking for the filter that can pass effectively RED and NIR band but ...
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I can't buy a streak filter where I live. How do go about making myself one for my DSLR?

Generally used to achieve the anamorphic 'streak' effect.
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How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?

I took a gamble and bought a used B+W Circular Polarizer off eBay. The filter looks great but the adjusting ring is a little bit sticky. Is there some way to lubricate this?
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What visible-blocking filter to use for XSI IR conversion?

I have converted a XT at home with excellent results. I now wish to convert a XSi and I am having trouble locating a visibe blocking filter except for the Life Pixel filter. Their filter price is out ...
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How do Rodenstock filters compare to B&W, Heliopan, and Hoya HD?

I am looking for a good filter for my 67mm thread lens. I have good experience with the Hoya 8Layer HD cir-pol filter and I really like that it is not as dark as other filters, but it is very ...
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Infrared Photography - How to set White Balance?

When I started out photographing in infrared I wasn't setting a specific White Balance (I let the camera set on automatic). Then I started learning more about how people take infrared shots, and that ...
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Can I attach more filters to a full frame lens on a cropped body without vignetting than with a cropped lens?

It seems to me that because part of the image the lens is passing to the sensor gets cropped due to sensor size that it would take more vignetting to reach the cropped sensor. Is that right and how ...
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How to separate two stuck filters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get a stuck screw filter off of my lens? What are the best techniques for separating two filters that are stuck together (In my case a polarizer and a UV ...
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Circular polarizer in underwater photography?

Today, I was watching a underwater video and suddenly asked myself if anyone has used a circular polarizer or polarizer in underwater shots or videos? I searched on the internet but nothing ...
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Is there any filter opposite to Polarizing filter, to emphasize reflections?

Polarizing filters are mainly used to reduce glare on water or similar surfaces. My question is, are there any filters that do the opposite job? ie that allow the camera to capture more glare or ...
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Recommended filters for sunrise/ocean landscape shot

What filters I can use to shoot a ocean/sunrise landscape shot? I'll be shooting after dawn and I would like to make the water looks clear. Thanks
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What filter should I buy if I wanted to do 5 min shutter speed in daylight?

What type of filter would I need to create an image such as the following: http://500px.com/photo/10158205
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Why do filters still use a screw mount?

The most fiddly items in my camera gear are the filters. Those are pretty much the only things I keep dropping while trying to screw then (except for my remote trigger falling once into a river, next ...
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How does the sensitivity of camera sensor behaves with the infrared filters?

I am puzzled about the behavior of camera sensor to the infrared spectrum. I have heard that the you must remove the internal infrared filter to capture infrared pictures. So, I removed it and used ...
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Why would my Hoya ND8 Pro 1 decrease the white balance dramatically?

I've just bought the Hoya ND8 Pro filter (+3 stops). After some tests, i've just notice that the results are very different from a single shot. After some tests, here is my conclusions : The ND ...
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some criteria when a filter looks good

I'm a developer who wants to figure out when a filter would look good applied to a given image. For example, I have sepia, solarisation and pencil filters. Okay, the perception will be very ...
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What should I look for in an infrared filter?

I'm looking to get myself an infrared filter to put in front of my lens. The cheaper ones all have nm counts (like 720nm, 950nm, 1000nm, and the way I understand this, the thicker, the better), but ...
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What are the optical characteristics of glass darkend with candle fumes?

I would like to know if, when darkening (or blackening) a piece of glass with a candle: the filter thus made is "neutral"? if it catches UVs or IRs? there is anything else I am missing?
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What kind of effect can I hope to achieve by hand-holding a filter at an angle?

I have been looking at some of Little Shao's photographs when I came upon this photoshoot video. Looking at the shoot I noticed this scene where the photographer is holding a filter at a diagonal ...
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Galapagos vacation — what photo gear should I take?

Soon I'm off to the Galapagos Islands. I have to admit I've been spending a lot of hours talking to people and reading reviews, and that has left me very confused choosing the correct gear for my ...
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What causes the spots in my IR photos?

Below are images I've shot recently while experiminting with IR photography. The first is an IR image with +2 stops of exposure and a custom white balance based on the bright part of the tag on the ...
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How to use Hitech Stop 10 ND filter?

Today I have tested my Hitech Pro Stop 10 ND filter for Lee holder. And I am somehow shocked. It was morning 10. Please, can someone help me, how to use it. :) By the way, I have lost the tech ...
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Does a filter exist to color-correct color negatives when copying them with a DSLR?

This question and other internet sources propose using a DSLR with a macro lens to rapidly copy negatives and slides. Copying color negatives, however, seems to be a challenge because the color tint ...
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Is there any difference between using camera filter and photoshop like software postprocessing?

I can shot using filters such as UV/CPL/FLD or I can get similar effect using software filters in picassa/photoshop etc. Is there special features that can be achieved with post processing?
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Are there any sample images out there taken with ND filter and the Sigma 8-16mm lens?

I am deciding on getting an ultra-wide lens mostly because a lot of my shots are taken at 17mm and it's often not wide enough. I narrowed it down to either the Sigma 10-20mm or Sigma 8-16mm. (APS-C) ...
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How can I visualise in monochrome via an optical viewfinder?

Many years ago I had a glass filter I could look through to get an idea of what a scene might look like on black and white film. I think it was blue coloured, long gone I'm afraid. Does anyone have ...
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Can I use Cokin filters of Z-Pro version on Lee 100mm system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will Cokin-Z and HiTech 100mmx150mm filters fit on a Lee Holder? Can I use Cokin filters of Z-Pro version on Lee 100mm system (I mean thickness)? Lee filters are out of ...
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What kind of photo effect is this?

I've been seeing various photographers post photos with this type of effect http://fadedandblurred.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/yangtze-2.jpg it's a bit washed out, yet retains the crisp detail ...
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coastal sunrise long exposure

I want to take a photo at sunrise with a long exposure of the sea which contains old World War 2 boat docking equipment in the sea. will i need to have a ND filter to achieve this as during the day ...
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Is a fluorescent filter worth using, and how and when?

I bought a UV Filter that came with a Polarizing Filter and a Fluorescent Filter. While I understand the polarizing filter what is the point of a fluorescent filter? When I tried the filter under a ...
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How can I take full advantage of a soft step graduated ND filter with a crop sensor?

I have a Singh ray 2 stop Graduated ND with soft step. I find it very difficult when I uses it with my Canon 17-40 f4L lens on my Canon T2i, which is a crop sensory body. Since it is soft step, I am ...
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What photo editor for Mac offers image filters with live previews, HDR composition and photo stitching?

I am looking for a photo editor that offers to... ...choose filters by comparing live previews, not via contextual menus ...create panoramas by photo stitching ...create HDR images I would be nice ...