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What are the must-have filters for a new photographer?

What filters are good and why?
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How can one deal with midday light in street photography?

Firstly, of course, photography is all about light, but for doco/street style photography (which is what I like), it's really about being in the right place at the right time. However, I've been ...
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What types of filters are there and what's their use?

I have basic idea of what a filter is and what it is used for. I would like to know what are the different types of filters are available and if possible would love to have the following questions ...
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What types of filter cannot be emulated by post-processing?

What types of filter cannot be successfully emulated by digital post-processing? Polarizing, obviously. and neutral density for depth-of-field control. But what about UV filters? and are there other ...
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Why are gels used for digital photography?

What is the purpose of color-adjusting light sources with gels in digital photography? Are they reserved exclusively for scenarios in which one wants different colors from different lights? I assume ...
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What are non-destructive edits and do they exist?

This is going to be somewhat provocative and more about terms and definitions, so if you feel it should be closed or moved to meta, vote so. To the question - there is a lot of talk about non-...
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What are the uses of yellow, green, red, blue filters in black and white photography?

Could someone explain the difference in using colored filters for black and white photos? What is the best practice using these filters for portraits, landscapes, macro? For different types of weather:...
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How can using a color filter help to improve a black and white photo?

Okay, so I know that using a color filter can have some desirable effects, for instance, if you use a certain color filter, it will diminish the effects of any skin problems a person has. What color ...
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Is there any use for a warm filter on a digital camera?

A friend of mine wants to buy a warm filter for her Canon 450D. I'm wondering if there's any real benefit there, as the color casting can be done in post. Also, for people more familiar with the ...
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What are your preferred filters for certain subjects?

I know that filters have in common a protective aspect. Beyond that, which filter type would you use for certain shots? e.g. Sunsets, waterfalls, daylight...Any case where you would change filters! I ...
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What *exactly* is white balance?

When setting a white balance configuration, we adjust the temperature and green-magenta shift to a wavelength-intensity distribution of light that correlates most closely with the actual distribution ...
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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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Putting the red back into underwater photographs

I've just come back from the Red Sea and took my camera along on most of my dives. I do have an external strobe, but for most of the shots the light was so strong that the camera didn't fire it. The ...
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What's the difference between a FL-D filter and an ND filter?

What's the difference between a FL-D filter and an ND filter? I see that FL-D is to improve light, but so is ND. What exactly is the difference?
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What should I focus on when converting photos to black and white?

When I look at the black and white photographs from professional photographers, I notice that they have a special look. Not a specific style—obviously each photographer has her own style—but a look ...

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