How to Use a Lens Filter


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Lens filters allow for greater control in photography. Polarizing filters reduce glare and improve color saturation; UV filters filter out atmospheric haze; and neutral density filters allow photographers greater control over aperture and shutter speed. In this presentation, we discuss when to use which filter and some things to consider when building your lens filter collection.

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How to Use a Lens Filter

  1. 1. How to Use a Lens Filter The Practical and Artistic Uses of Lens Filters
  2. 2. Take Control of Your Photos Lens filters are one of the most powerful tools in a photographer’s arsenal. By helping control the color and quality of the light that enters a camera, lens filters allow for greater clarity and scene manipulation, no matter the weather or lighting conditions. In this presentation, we’ll look at the various kinds of lens filters and how they should be used.
  3. 3. Types of Lens Filters There are lens filters to match nearly every weather and lighting condition mother nature brings your way. Polarizing filters improve color saturation and reduce glare. UV / Haze filters filter out atmospheric haze, resulting in clearer images. Neutral Density Filters reduce the amount of light that enters the camera; this enables larger apertures, and longer exposure times.
  4. 4. Using Polarizing Filters Because polarizing filters sharpen colors and reduce glare, they’re particularly useful when shooting winter landscapes, as they reduce the amount of sunlight that reflects off of snow. Polarizing filters can also be helpful in reducing sun glare on sunny days, particularly when shooting on the water.
  5. 5. Using UV / Haze Filters UV / Haze filters absorb UV light and filter out atmospheric haze that would otherwise cloud your photos, improving clarity and color balance. Use them on hot, humid days and for crisper black and white images.
  6. 6. Using Neutral Density Filters Neutral Density Filters allow for true artistry in photography. With them, photographers are able to literally “slow down” a chaotic scene by increasing the exposure time while reducing the amount of light that enters the camera. Neutral density filters are useful any time you want more control over aperture and exposure, and are particularly helpful when photographing bees, humming birds, and other natural phenomena.
  7. 7. Considerations Unlike camera lenses, it’s not necessary for your lens filter to be manufactured by the same company as your camera. That said, your lens filter must be the same size as your lens. When buying lens filters it’s important to consider your lens collection, and which lens you’re going to want to use with which filter. Photographers who would rather not be hamstrung by their equipment will want to invest in various filters for each type of lens they use.
  8. 8. Installing a Lens Filter To install a lens filter, simply screw the filter onto the front of the lens, as you would a lid to a jar.
  9. 9. About Cameta Cameta Camera is a true brick-and-mortar camera store in Amityville, NY. We’ve been selling photography equipment and distilling advice to professionals and hobbyists alike more than 25 years. For more photography tips, visit our blog at