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Is there a black and white physical filter?

I am wondering if there is a physical filter that would allow a camera to make black and white pictures without using any software effect/filtering?
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Best fluorescent bulb color temperature for shooting people and interviews?

I have a small, ultra white matte 13x10 room that I need to photograph and film people in. Something like this. The most important thing to me is accurately depicting a person's skin color. Yesterday ...
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How do I get good colors when taking pictures in the city at night?

I'm very interested in doing night time shootings. I'm using Canon 5d3 with 85mm at f/1.2, and at iso 2000 I'm able to get exposure times around 1/150s-1/200s. However, the lighting in my city ...
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4answers
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Why is the Fluorescent filter for a flash green?

I just bought a Nikon SB-910 speedlight. The filter that comes with it to use under fluorescent lighting it green, why is this? because certainly to my eye there is not a hint of green under normal ...
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When should I use manual white balance settings?

There are several white balance settings on the Nikon D80 including one that is automatic. I normally don't use it although I wonder what settings others use. So the question: What are advantages/...
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What white balance settings do I need to capture the cast of a coloured streetlight?

I want take a photo of a scene lit by a yellow-orange street light. Unlike many of the questions here, I don't want to balance the colours in the scene, rather I want the areas lit by that light to ...
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2answers
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What is color temperature and how does it affect my photography?

I have seen color temperature mentioned with regard to white balance, mixing different sources of light, etc., but I haven't come across a clear explanation of what it means to talk about the '...
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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 right white balance value to set in my camera?

As I understand White Balancing means - making a particular color look as it should have been irrespective of what color the Ambient Light is. i.e A white paper must look white not blueish grey(cool) ...
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3answers
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Can one make good photographs with artistic sense but little real technical skill?

I used to practice photography, but I quit for a while after getting burned out, because I was not able to catch exactly what I was seeing at the moment — never same light, never same colors. I know ...
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1answer
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What is Colour Rendering Index (CRI)?

From this answer on white balancing a LED light I understood there's a thing called Colour Rendering Index (CRI). I understand it has something to do with how well lights reproduce the sun's colour ...
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4answers
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How to show a “real” color to someone over the internet?

I have an iPad Air with its camera. I need to show a color of my shoes to a person who will dye shoelaces for them. So I need to reliably capture and transfer this color somehow. I assume that simple ...
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Can I color-balance a photo if I know the light source within the photo?

I took a photo without bothering about color balance, and the color temperature came out too low. In other words, the scene looked yellow to the eye, but the photo came out orangish: If I had noticed ...