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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to clean a lens filter?

What's the best way to clean a lens filter? I bought a used lens that came with a filter. The lens is in great shape but the filter clearly has smudges and streaks across the front. Am I better ...
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What are the real-life benefits of B+W's MRC?

My 24-105L is in the mail, and I'm looking for a filter to protect the front element. I've decided to go with B+W since they seem to have the best quality to match my L lens. I've narrowed it down to ...
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Are there reasons to use colour filters with digital cameras?

Digital photos can have colour filters applied after the fact by software, so are there any good reasons to use colour filters with a digital camera? As I understand it, the main reason for them ...
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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 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 ...