Questions tagged [color-filters]

Lens filters that remove certain colors of light, used to apply a uniform color effect on the images captured.

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What is the purpose of an orange filter that comes with Canon flash?

My Canon (430EX III-RT) flash came with a neutral plastic diffuser and an orange plastic filter. Now, I understand the purpose of the neutral diffuser: it's (obviously) to diffuse the flash, without ...
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How do different colours look in Infrared Light?

I want to know how different colors (lets take VIBGYOR) appear through a infrared security camera or any camera and not thermal imagery. The type of infrared I am talking about :
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Underwater split photography and filter combination

I am considering buying a "dome" type of case for my Gopro camera, in order to shoot while diving. In order to see any colors underwater, except for green, I understand that I need a filter. How is ...
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What coating do old non-HMC Hoya filters have?

Recently I was looking for some used 85A filters to shoot tungsten film outside. My primary consideration are ones made by Hoya because they are good quality, abundant and relatively inexpensive. But ...
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Why do color channels from a digital camera respond slightly to lights of other colors?

I'm trying high speed dark room photography with Logitec c270 simple CMOS web camera. I flash red or blue light and capture frames. Then I separate it to channels in photoshop. There, I can see all ...
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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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How can I use the Lee technical filters with the Seven5 filter holder?

Lee sells a range of 3" / 75mm technical filters. For example, CC40Y (Yellow - Color Compensating Polyester Filter) Manufacturer Code: Y40-P3. These are polyester films for doing color adjustment. ...
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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 ...
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Fluorescent compensation with Lee Seven5?

I am planning to get the Lee Seven5 for ND and polarizing filters for an MFT system. However, I would also like to do certain types of color balancing, especially fluorescent balancing, since I shoot ...
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What photographic effects can give the feeling of escapism and anxiety?

I need to create a photograph that gives the feeling of escapism and anxiety. What kind of techniques can I use — especially in post-processing — to create this mood.
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Which color filter do I use for a black & white portrait?

I know color filters "block out" colors opposite to the color of the filter, and when used in black & white photography, can brighten or darken the object depending on its color and the color of ...
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Local version of “White balance” in GIMP to clean up photo of document

I have a photograph of a document with black text on white background. The photo has a few problems: The text is a bit blurry. Overall there is noise even in the white areas. The background appears ...
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Filtering narrow spectral lines in digital postprocessing

I am trying to reduce the impact of sodium vapour lighting on starscape-type images. This type of street lighting exhibits a very narrow orange spectral line, and it is common amongst ...
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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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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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Where can I find a filter similar to taking a photograph through green Ray-ban sunglasses?

I love shooting with my phone through my sunglasses, specially on sunny days of spring and summer. The green lenses on the Ray-ban glasses make a color adjustment that the camera's automatic white-...
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What are the thinnest 81A and 85C filters?

I usually use Hoya and Tiffen 81A and 85C filters for my slide work. They work well with all my lenses except with my Nikon 20mm f/4, which vignettes. I know that Nikon filters are thinner and work ...
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How do I create a mask to select only a particular color in Photoshop?

I have a project I'm working on where I'm taking photos of a bunch of cards / posters that are all in grayscale and have to get only the black portions from each of these photos. I know I could use ...
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What kind of filter or preset would I use to get this faded yet saturated 1950s-pastel coloring?

I love this look that I see a lot on certain very feminine fashion blogs. I feel like it's not as simple as what VSCO presets do (or at least VSCO Film, vs. Cam, if I'm editing my photos on my ...
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Is there a way to shoot with selective color in Nikon d5300?

I see shots from some photographers that take shots with one color in it (red for example). Is there a custom setting that makes that happen for us? How should I achieve this result without using post-...
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Does the order matter in filter stacking?

Suppose I want to shoot a bright location inside, with a shallow DOF, where the temperature is very warm, and on film. Easy, I just grab my ND and 80A filters. Now what? Do I put my ND filter on ...
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

I want to take photos of a theater scene. I usually use a UV filter for nature photography, but what about a theater scene in a saloon with a dark environment? Is there any specific filter for these ...
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Identify a photo filter or a post-processing technique [duplicate]

Sometimes I come across photos that have some effect/filter applied to them, and I cannot understand/explain what that is. It looks really attractive, and I would like to be able to reproduce this ...
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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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Prevent Yellowing Under High Intensity Discharge Lights

I am photographing plants that are grown in a greenhouse. The plants are grown under High Intensity Discharge Lights, specifically Metal Halide and/or High Pressure Sodium. When I photograph these ...
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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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Can I measure the Wratten Number of a Filter?

I bought a cheap set of no-name color filters, for use in Black & White photography. Unfortunately, there are no Wratten numbers on them. In the comments, one person gives the exposure numbers he ...
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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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Why does this satellite image of an airplane in motion show red, green, and blue bands with strange artifacts?

I stumbled upon this satellite image (http://goo.gl/Wv503u) capturing a plane in flight over a city. I'm having a little trouble explaining the color effects caused by the aircraft motion. What I ...
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How can I capture the true colors of my reef aquarium?

I have a canon EOS T4i with stock EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, a Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Lens, and a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO lens. I'm trying to photograph the various corals in my ...
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How to recognize different lighting color temperatures?

I'm getting my first "real" flash soon, and I've been studying a bit about lighting techniques. However, the flash comes with little colored plastic covers to match the color of the environment's ...
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Is this photo taken using HDR or software processing?

This image has the look of one taken with the HDR technique, yet it is a live performance therefore would be extremely hard to do, as the subject would be moving around. I used photoshop, Gimp and HDR ...
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What is the effect where some objects are a single bright color but the rest is black and white?

There is an option to filter only one color (R,G,B,Y) in my camera. What I want to know is can this effect be achieved in photoshop? And what is this called? I tried googling monochrome and came up ...
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Which filter do I need to perform NDVI measurements?

I have Nikon D70s DSLR camera and i would like to modify it for NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) measurment. I am looking for the filter that can pass effectively RED and NIR band but ...
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How to do selective-color in Photoshop?

How to make the single color in a photography to be color and other parts changed to B&W?. Don't know exactly the name of the effect, to be more clear in the following photo I want the green part ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How do I adjust the color balance on a Nikon D300?

First of all let me clarify here. I am aware of the color balance feature on the Nikon D300 and I generally use Auto, so this isn't about that aspect of color balance. My camera has a tendency to ...
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Where is the color mosaic filter on a DSLR sensor?

I have been looking at this tutorial from Astostuff on taking off the hot mirror on a D70, but cannot figure out from the page where the color mosaic filter is located. Is it possible to remove the ...
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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 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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Why are photographic gels called “gels”?

This question has been bugging me for a while, as I've been digging through filters on Adorama and B&H and various other sites for days now. I keep seeing numerous types of filters often tagged as ...
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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 ...