How to Choose a Polarizing Filter

The sun adds the tangible glow of natural light to photos, but it also wreaks havoc with shots when it is too bright or the photographer is shooting reflective surfaces such as a lake. Polarizing filters reduce glare, boost color, and add contrast in harsh lighting conditions. Choosing the right polarizing filter is critical, and photographers start by examining the lens and deciding on the desired look for the finished shot. read more

Best Variable ND Filters

A neutral density (ND) filter cuts down the amount of light reaching the digital camera’s sensor. In general, ND filters allow you to expose an image for longer so that you can record light blurs while using a wider aperture. This keeps the image sharp or the depth of field narrow, depending on your needs. read more

Utilizing Diffusion Lens Filters for Portraiture

A diffusion filter, also referred to as a softening filter, is a filter used on a camera that modifies images as they are taken and is often used for special effect. The filter works by diffusing strong light without affecting the sharpness and contrast of the image. It is placed in front of the camera lens and is responsible for softening a subject and for generating an almost dreamlike haze that is evident in the photograph. read more

How Colored Camera Lens Filters Affect the Feel of Photographs

Colored camera lens filters affect the contrast, tone, and mood of photographs. By balancing and correcting natural or artificial lighting, photographers can warm up or cool down the look of an image. Creative effects are also possible with colored filters. People working with film cameras rely heavily on filters to adjust the appearance of photos. There are those who claim colored lens filters are becoming obsolete now that digital photos can be so easily manipulated in a post-production setting. Others believe there is still room for colored filters in digital photography. Novices will benefit from learning how various colored filters affect the look and feel of a photo. This guide will help people learn more about camera lens filters and the specific ways in which colored filters can be used. Those who are interested in photography can find camera equipment in many specialty and department stores. They can also search the Internet for appropriate retail sites or browse auction listings on eBay. read more

When to Use a Diffusion Filter

Photographers use diffusion filters to create a softened effect in an image. There is a wide range of filters available, each creating a different degree of diffusion to a shot. One of the best ways to learn when to use a diffusion filter, and how to use one, is to practice with all different types of filters in different environments. For the amateur photographer who is unfamiliar with using a diffusion filter, there are a few helpful tips to getting the desired effect. Diffusion filters range in quality and price, and there are numerous places where one can buy a particular diffusion filter for his or her digital or film camera, including online marketplaces like eBay. It is on eBay where buyers will find a wide selection of diffusion filters from sellers all over the world.
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Step rings – choose the right one for your camera lens

Step rings – how to choose the right one for your camera lens

Hi everyone: My name is An, aka Photo Xpress and I have been selling camera accessories on eBay for almost a year. One of the questions that we often received from other eBay members is ‘I have a SLR lens and I will like to attach a filter that’s bigger than the lens, how do I know if this is the right step ring for my lens.’ read more

Why Lens Filters Beat Photo Retouching Programs

With the introduction of digital photography and photo retouching programs, many now think that camera lens filters have become obsolete. While many of the effects of camera lens filters can be replicated through the use of this type of software, they are not always as effective. Some photographers prefer to use lens filters while others prefer to use photo retouching programs. While there are benefits and disadvantages to each method of image manipulation, the better option really comes down to personal preference. Even though both methods do basically the same thing, there are some effects that can only be achieved through the use of lens filters and cannot be achieved through the use of photo retouching programs. There are several reasons why lens filters beat retouching photo programs, but before making a decision as to which one to use, photographers should explore the capabilities, advantages, and disadvantages of each method of photo manipulation.
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