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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which DSLR Camera is good for taking photographs of human body skin [closed]

I am doing a project on image processing. I need photos with more clarity, details and less noise. The photo will be taking in daylight condition. Which DSLR camera i need to buy. Is there any ...
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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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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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How much flare should I expect with a Hoya HMC Filter?

After I did some review comparison (especially this one) I bought a 67mm Hoya HMC filter. Then I took some comparison pictures. Do you think the flare is within the acceptable range?
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What filter is this and from which app?

Can anyone tell me what filter is this and from which app? [--> https://www.instagram.com/p/3AZYSjpROf/?taken-by=imjakepaul <--] Thanks.
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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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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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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 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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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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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 difference between a linear and a circular polarizer?

When I bought my polarizer, a friend told me that I should get a circular one, because the linear ones can mess with the autofocus. Is this true? What should each be used for?
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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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ND filter or exposure compensation?

I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago looking for a neutral density filter, so I could play around with long exposure shots without overexposing. The guy at the camera shop told me I didn't need a ...
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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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What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers?

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. So the question: why should I use an ND filter to achieve a ...
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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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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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Since there is no Clarity filter in Photoshop, how can I simulate that effect?

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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Anyone know of a PS filter that's equivalent to the Retinex filter for GIMP?

The closest I've found so far are a couple from Topaz Labs. They're not quite the same though. Retinex is awesome. Especially if the environments in which you shoot lead to lots of underexposures.
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Will I be able to mount a hood over my UV filter?

I have recently bought a Canon EOS 600D and I want to buy a UV filter to give extra protection to my EF-S 18-55 IS II. And I additionally want to buy a lens hood as well. Will I be able to use ...
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How can I mimic this solarization effect?

Does anyone know the name of this effect? Or how I could reproduce it? I can use Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Which is the application used for this photo with glow around dark things? I saw many pictures like this on instagram, but nobody answers

[Which is the application used for this photo with glow around dark things? I saw many pictures like this on instagram, but nobody answers...]
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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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Which filter is the more generally useful: Skylight 1A or Skylight 1B?

I'm looking to buy a Skylight filter leave permanently attached to a lens for the primary purpose of protecting it. I don't really understand the difference between Skylight 1A and Skylight 1B ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between UV and Skylight filters?

I was used to put a Skylight filter to protect my lens, but last time the shop assistant recommended me to use a UV filter instead for Digital SLR. I though they were the same, only different in ...
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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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What effect does a UV filter provide?

I know that I should always use a filter on my lens to protect the camera lens, however, exactly what impact to the picture does using a UV filter have — since that is the one most often used? I seem ...
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How can I recreate the Instagram Filter “Slumber”?

I am trying to recreate the Slumber filter of Instagram, but I am stuck at a certain point. Below you can see the Instagram, the original and my edited file. It seems like I am missing one important ...
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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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How do I produce a black negative?

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/make-an-infra-red-camera/ In this article here it says I need a totally black exposed negative. How exactly do I produce one of ...
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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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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 ...