Commercial Photography Workshop London – Photograph of the week – 23

Commercial photography workshop London – RawSilk Photography

By Stefan Lacandler – Founder & Principal photographer at RawSilk Photography 

Commercial photography workshop London – Lens filters


Commercial Photography Workshop London


By RawSilk Photography – Commercial photography workshop London – Lens filters


There are a number of helpful lens filters that can not only enhance your images but in some cases make the image possible in the first place. I am going to list a number of different filters, some I use everyday and some are more specialist equipment but no less important to know about. The top manufacturers are in following order, Lee Filters,Cokin and Hoya 


1 – Polarising Filter


Screwed in place on the front of the lens in order to bring out deeper more saturated colours in the sky, water etc. It also manages reflections, or suppress glare from the surface of glass, metal and water. Since reflections (and sky-light) tend to be at least partially linearly-polarized, a linear polarizer can be used to change the balance of the light in the photograph. The rotational orientation of the filter is adjusted for the preferred artistic effect. This is the type of filter used in the picture above and it enabled me to shoot through the glass without catching my reflection in the window. This type of filter can minimise glare but you still need to find the right angle maximise the effect one way or another.


2. UV/Scratch Filter


A UV or scratch filters main purpose is to protect the lens from scratches, the UV function of protecting against UV light is a bit redundant nowadays as this is taken care of in camera.


3 Neutral Density Filter


The purpose of a standard photographic neutral-density filter is to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. Doing so allows the photographer to select combinations of aperture, exposure time and sensor sensitivity that would otherwise produce overexposed pictures. This is done to achieve effects such as a shallower depth of field or motion blur of a subject in a wider range of situations and atmospheric conditions.

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