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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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What Singh Ray filter combo should I use for very long exposure coastline and landscape photos?

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 use filters that came with my mirror lens?

I have searched for this but because I don't know what I'm looking for I cannot be sure how to use these. (I can search for "why I'd want to") A mirror lens I purchased has come with 3 filter ...
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How can I achieve a color grading like in this photo?

I really like the effect from this photo and I know it's color grading, but I wanted your opinion on how I can get the same effect. The photo is available on this link. (The website is The Chriselle ...
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Can I photograph a solar eclipse using a 10-stop Big Stopper (+ extra ND?)

Will a 10-stop ND filter (Big Stopper) allow me to photograph a solar eclipse? I read in another post here that solar filters are around 14-stops - presumably I would need around this strength even ...
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How can I photograph only light from my IR source even in the presence of other light?

The setup I hope to achieve would be some filter/illumination system that will allow me to pick up infrared light from some illumination source (IR LED ring or similar) and only light from that ...
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What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive ND filters?

Recently been interested in landscape photography and about to go on a trip with plenty of opportunities to get some good shots. I really want to get some nd filters but cant afford to get the more ...
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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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Is there a way to replicate the look of Allen-Khondji Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love?

I was wondering is there a way to achieve the look of Woody Allen's films Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love, for which the director of photography was the Iranian-French cinematographer Darius ...
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Cokin Z Pro filter holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on Nikkon 18-35. Any solutions?

My Cokin z pro holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on my Nikon 18-35 mm and the problem is accentuated if I have to screw it on top of a polarizer. Anyone else had this problem or have any solutions? I ...
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What causes this weird angled glowing blur around lights on my low light shots?

I've been trying to figure out why this is happening for a few weeks. When I take pictures, usually during evening times when the sun starts to set and the street lights come on, I see this weird ...
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Where or how to get exposed, developed colour film to use as a filter for infrared photography?

I was told that exposed developed colour film can be used to block visible light for infra-red photography. Where can I get some of this, or can I do it myself? I have a roll of 400 ASP colour film ...
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What are the best methods you have found for attaching filters to unthreaded lens tubes?

This one is for the resident mad scientists. I think the MagFilter is a pretty neat concept. Being more interested in other filters, though, I'd like to hear about methods other people have used to ...
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What do I need to know about using a polarizing filter at night?

I am into night photography, and am looking at buying a polarizing filter. What particular advantages and challenges are there to using a polarizing filter at night? reflections from light on ...
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Which is the correct filter size for Canon SX30 IS?

I bought the Canon SX30is last week. I want to buy a filter for that. Can you suggest to me which is the better filter for that? I read lots of reviews on that — there is confusion about 52mm UV ...
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While stacking filters, can polarizing filter be placed behind ND filters?

I have a ND filter (10-stop, 100mmX100mm square size) with a filter holder. The filter holder (similar to LEE or Formatt-Hitech holders) connects to the camera with a screw-in adapter (77mm and ...
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What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring?

What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring? I want to put a large diameter filter on a small diameter lens. Do I need a step-up ring or a step-down one?
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Does stacking more lens filters decrease overall image quality?

As stated by @t3mujin in another thread's comments: Stacking filters will decrease image quality, as it's another piece of glass light has to go through before reaching the sensor. I was ...
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Is there a disadvantage to step-up rings? [duplicate]

I am completely new to using filters, and I would like to buy a polarizer. Unfortunately, the four lenses I have all have different filter thread sizes: 77 (wide), 67 (telephoto), 62 and 52 mm ones. ...
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What kind of LR or PS filters are used in these photos?

I came across a very nice architectural images and tried to figure out the development process. No luck so far to reach this nice level. Any suggestions?
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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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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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How to remove fog while shooting and during post-processing?

Recently I came across the following problem: I went hiking and since it's winter there was some fog. I took the picture below and wondered how I could have minimised the fog in this shot to get a ...
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Where can I buy a 77mm 12 - 15 stop ND filter at a reasonable price.

It seems that Sigh-Ray offers a 15-stop 77mm ND filter for $480 USD. I understand quality glass is expensive but that seems extreme. Is there anyone else out there who offers a 12 or darker stop 77mm ...
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Photoshop multiple color filters

Can anyone share how to do this lighting effect in Photoshop as a post-process? Solved Blur image Color filter the whole image yellow hue Add opaque paintbrush layers (with huge brush) for blue ...
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Did Calumet distribute Lee filters?

Did Calumet distribute Lee filters in the past? There are couple of Lee color correction filters I'm looking at purchasing, but they are in Calumet pouches. I asked the seller and he said that Calumet ...
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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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How is this high-key, bright cityscape effect achieved?

I was wondering if anybody could tell me how this photo effect was achieved? Or is it an effect or filter that is applied after the photo has been taken? It looks almost negative, but it isn't.
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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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Is it possible to get smaller aperture with diaphragm in front of the lens?

My camera has narrowest aperture of f8. To increase depth of field, could I place an opaque "filter" or lens-cap with a small hole, e.g. 12 mm for f16, on the lens? I realize that at short f.l. the ...
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Question about software-based filters for manipulating already recorded video [closed]

"Extant", a recent TV series, involved a female astronaut (played by Halle Berry) who was pregnant with an alien-human hybrid baby when she returned to earth from a space station. During the first ...
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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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What filters are commonly used in photographing the moon with a DSLR at night without a telescope?

All my, very limited, experience photographing the moon has been through small telescopes with low resolution mono-chrome cameras. Limited in that I prefer deep space objects with large scopes at very ...
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What causes these green dots in my image?

I just received a 35mm f/1.8 DX lens for my Nikon D50 for Christmas, and took some shots where the lights on the tree were the main source of illumination. Almost all of them exhibit very prominent ...
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Polariser and ND together

I'm an amateur landscape photographer, have some cheap ND filters but I'd like to take it to the next level and invest into more advanced gear. I was thinking of getting a Lee basic kit which I've ...
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Is there a name for the style of putting a strong color gradient over a photograph?

A common trend I'm seeing a lot of is to put a strong color gradient over a photograph to create an attractive background. I'm not talking about slight color tweaks that instagram does, but instead ...
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How do I generate a mask of the skin tones in an image?

I'm using a sequence of operations to smooth the skin of the body. What I'm doing is this: high-pass surface blur invert blend mode: linear light At this point, what I usually do is to create ...
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What is the purpose of graduated color filters?

I think I understand Graduated Neutral Density Filters, however, what are the purpose and how do you use Graduated Color Filters? (IE Red, Yellow, Blue, etc) And Are they worth it?
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closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens [duplicate]

I want to click macro pictures, so was wondering closeup filter for my 18-55mm and 50-200mm as a cheap macro solution. Lately I've been doing more macro work, so I've been thinking about cheap ...
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How do I find the right size of filters for a lens?

I was looking to get a circular polarizing filter and an UV filter for my Canon 550D, 18-135mm lens. When I checked online I found these filters came in different sizes, like 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm. ...
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How to 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 do I exactly produce one of ...
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Source for colored Wratten filters?

I need 13 different Wratten gelatin filters to use in some research in anatomy and I need a specific spectrum of light filters. I need #'s 3, 9, 15, 16, 21, 24, 25, 29, 44, 53, 58, 98, and 31 or 32. ...
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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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Lens cap alternative to Canon cap which won't risk damaging my filter?

I am using a 10-22mm lens with a variety of filters. I have been using the Canon lens cap which came with the lens over the top of the filters. I tend to handle my gear a tad roughly when I am out and ...
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How can I avoid a strange lens flare at bright lights when using UV filter?

I have a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the kit 20mm f/1.7 lens. I put a UV filter on it (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004ZCJE/ref=oss_product), simply as protection for the glass. I'm ...
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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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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 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 ...