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Your Guide to Camera Lens Filters

When it comes to choosing a filter for your camera's lens, the amount of options can get confusing. In this guide, we are going to explore different camera lens filters that are available and explain their purpose.

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Here Is a Quick Introduction to Camera Filters

Here Is a Quick Introduction to Camera Filters

When it comes to digital cameras, the amount of different accessories available for them is huge. One accessory worth considering for those who want to take their photography to the next level, is lens filters. Most consumer camera owners use a clear filter to protect their lens. But there are many more different kind of filters available that do more than just offer protection. We are going to examine some of the most commonly used and popular ones.

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UV Lens Filters

UV Lens Filters

UV filters, commonly called Haze filters, are one of the more basic filters you can buy. Their purpose is to cut through the effects of atmospheric haze, moisture and other forms of airborne pollutants. These filters come with different strengths, ranging from clear to slightly warm, amber like. These filters are great and cheap filters that will not only protect your lens, but improve the image quality too.

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Polarizing Lens Filters

Polarizing Lens Filters

Polarizing filters are slightly more advanced and make a huge difference in outdoor photography. These filters can make the clouds appear more vivid, saturate colors and eliminate glare and reflections from water surfaces, glass and other polished surfaces. They achieve this by polarizing light and if using a DSLR camera, then only use circular polarizers.

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Neutral Density (ND) Lens Filters

Neutral Density (ND) Lens Filters

Neutral density filters are used to reduce the amount of light that will reach your camera. The most common application of ND filters is to shoot at wider f-stops during daytime or bright conditions. They come in different strengths that differ from how much light they will block. There is also the availability of graduated neutral density filters. Which can come in handy if your only trying to darken half of your image such as the sky.

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Other Lens Filters

Other Lens Filters

There are many other filter types available such as warming, cooling and color correction filters. But with the use of digital cameras, they aren’t widely used since you can mimic their effects post capture in Photoshop or other image-editing software. Although some photography professionals still use these filters to have better control over their pictures.