5 tips for using filters

Improve your shots by attaching a filter to your Lens

Getting professional-looking shots in camera is easy when you know how. Most photographers get a little bit of help in the form of filters. These attach to the front of your lens and help to balance exposures, increase contrast and more. Read on to make the most of these handy tools

Choose your filter

Square filters require a filter holder, but can be used with lenses of various sizes (you’ll need several holders, but these are cheap). Circular filters screw onto the end of your lens, but only work with certain lens sizes.

Find the thread size

You’ll find your lens’s thread size on the lens barrel — it’s the number next to the diameter symbol (0). Make sure you know this number before making the purchase, as otherwise the filter will not fit.

Balance exposures

To balance exposures, for instance a bright sky and a dark foreground, use an ND Grad filter. Hard edge filters are used when there is an abrupt change in brightness, while a soft edge is used for a more gradual change.

Increase contrast

A polariser is great for increasing the contrast in skies. It’s a subtle but effective difference, which is great for landscapes. It also helps to reduce harsh reflections and improve detail, giving photos more clarity.

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