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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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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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Do I still need to use color filters for images that are to be presented in monochrome (B&W)?

Some types of filters, such as polarizing filters, are still necessary because their effect can't be replicated in post processing. But what about using color filters to produce B&W photos? Is ...
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What type of effects can I obtain with UV, FLD, CPL filters if any?

Can someone give me examples and show the difference. I obtained these from amazon. I have played with them for a little while and I am not impressed/bought yet. UV filter has no affect other than ...
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Is there any advantage in using in camera digital color filters for B&W?

Custom camera settings allow me to select, for example, a red filter (as I only work in B&W this is an advantage), is there any advantage to using this digital in-camera filter over a real red ...
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What is the difference between using colored filters and converting color photos to black and white programmatically?

Does it make sense to use filters for black and white photography, as opposed to using software to convert photos? As I understand it, photos that have been made in a natural way (using filters) are ...
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Are there types of photography centered around wavelengths other than IR or visible light?

I am familiar with and have shot in Infrared, give or take above the 700nm range with my Nikon D750 and an IR filter over the lens. Does anybody know of other wavelength-specific types of photography? ...
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How to determine optimal color correction filters for a sensor?

Originally, this question was titled: How to detemine native color temperature of a sensor? For questions about warming filters and color filters in general, leading answers indicate that for optimal ...
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Are there modern lenses with a 49mm filter diameter?

I have found four color-filters in my desk: intense red, orange, light green and light blue. Are there lenses with 49mm filter size which these could be used with?
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What technical terms or rules of thumb do I need to understand for a black and white conversion of a photo? [duplicate]

Below is a photo taken by me: Below is a photo I found on internet: There are some visible differences between the two. One is dull and the other has visible blacks and whites. I feel I need to ...
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How do I white balance for B&W with Lee filters?

I am a B&W newbie....I'm using an X-T2 and the Lee 100mm polyester filter B&W set; I'm shooting in RAW. Let's assume I am using the green filter. Shooting: Do I do a custom WB before the ...
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Viability of in-camera correction for LED and fluorescent lighting?

I am getting an Olympus MFT system. The bodies in the system have in-camera color correction, and I am wondering how effective it will be compared to using gels. My concern is that for intense lights ...