What are lens filters?

It is a camera accessory that consists of an optical filter that is able to be inserted on to the front of  a camera lens. It comes in different shapes such as square or oblong shape and the most common shape is a plastic disk with a metal ring frame. Irregular shapes are normally catered for the professionals. The main function of these lens filters is that it can modify the images captured and make subtle changes to the image that sometimes it can’t be done without a filter attached to the lens.

Seeing Lens Filter Effects

Seeing Lens Filter Effects

Colored filters can reduce the brightness of different colors. However, some lens filters can modify the color balance of images so that photographs under bright lighting can still show colors as they are perceived. Camera lens filters can serve different purposes, they can be used in capturing images in extremely difficult lighting condition, enhance colors and can simply protect the lenses from thumb prints or dust and moisture.  Some people use filters in a rare conditions however some heavily rely on different types of lens filters in their daily life. Why people wear sunglasses? If you are still not getting what the lens filters are for, think of it this way; To simply help you see better in intense light you put on sunglasses, so do lens filters they can help in reducing reflections, protects your lenses from potential damage and it can reduce the amount of light that enters the lens and can even enhance it too depending on which lens filter you are using of course.

Types of lens filters:

UV/Haze Filter: It can be used to protect the front element of lenses from dirt, dust and moisture. UV high quality filters can be mounted on lenses permanently with a minimum impact of the picture quality. UV filters are perhaps the most commonly used lens filter due to its agile feature that gives off better sky blue colour and acts as protective layer for their digital slr lenses.

Polarizing Filter: it polarizes light, it reduces reflections, increase contrast and enhancing colors. It is typically circular that allows for easy control of the effect of polarization.

Sample of Polarising Filter

Sample of Polarising Filter

Natural Density (ND) Filter: It deceases camera shutter speed and reduces the amount of light entering the lens. It is useful in motions that need blur to be created for example (waterfalls, rivers) it is usually used with flash to avoid overexposure.

Natural Density Filtered Image

Natural Density Filtered Image

Hard-Edge graduated Natural Density (GND): It helps in darken skies and other bright areas of the photo. It is primarily used in high contrast situations, when the sky is brighter than foreground. Usually it is used with filter holders which give the ability to move in all directions.

Soft-Edge Graduated Neutral Density  (GND): It is same as Hard Edge which is used in high contrast situation, it allows for smoother transitions. Soft-Edge are rectangular and used with filter holder as well.

Reverse Graduated Neutral Density (GND): It is used in landscape photography in shooting against the sun while it is setting close to the horizon. Reverse Graduated filter transitions from dark to less dark from the center to the edge.

Color / Warming / Cooling Filter: Some filters may substract colors and blocking one color to allow the another. Those filters are rarely used in digital photography nowadays, since the effects can be added using post-processing.

Close-Up Filter: It allows the lens to give more focus on subjects.  It can be used for macro photography.

Special Effects Filter: There are different types of special effects filters such as Star filter which make bright objects shine like a star, Softening Filters that creates dreamy look created for portraits. Multivision Filters which create copies of a subject.

Professional photographers recommend three lens filters above other filters. Polarisers, Graduated ND, and warming filters. Experts keep on emphasizing on choosing the right filter for bringing out colors and textures. if you are shooting landscape photography then the best filter is Polariser. It will give a better look to the pictures with a good clarity. Colors look more vibrant, specially in blue skies and green folige. Also, this filter cuts down on reflections it is allowing you to see through water and glass and other shiny objects. Polarisers are more effective when the sun goes off to one side rather than being in front of or behind you.

Sample Image Of Using Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Sample Image Of Using Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters, it is called neutral because it dosen’t affect the colors on the picture. Its only purpose is to reduce the lights that is coming into the lens. It is a very useful tool because most photographer will ended up shooting in a bright sky and reltively drak ground. The graduated filter helps in balancing the exposure of the scene allowing you to capture everything without missing on hilghlights or shadows.

Sample Image Of Using Graduated Neutral Density Filter 2

Sample Image Of Using Graduated Neutral Density Filter 2

Warming Filters, Landscape photography relies on a good lighting, warming filters give your scene an orange tint which makes the photo look more cold than its actually look. This filter is losing its popularity since you can use a lot of softwares to give the same results that the filter gives. Add a little funk into your photography experience with lens filters and you can buy brand new lens filters in Malaysia online by clicking on the highlighted text.