Last week was a busy week for me, but for a change it didn’t involve sports of any kind. Instead, I spent some time scouting some new locations and revisiting a favourite spot for a potential new service I am working on offering, more details to come soon for that…..
Since I was not working with “models” or shooting on the clock, I was able to go slow and be a bit more thoughtful about the images I was creating. I also dusted off some of my filters, and I am not referring to post processing tools… I am talking about the little pieces of glass photographers used to always put in front of their lenses to create certain effects.
Before photography went digital and everyone with a smart phone could edit their photos with “vintage” filters with apps like Instagram or snapseed or get even more creative with Lightroom and Photoshop, photographers had to cart around a large wallet with a range of filters that helped them create those effects in camera when they pressed the shutter. There were red, green, yellow filters to use when shooting B&W film, there were split neutral density filters when shooting landscape images (the gradient filter in Lightroom), polarising filter to enhance blue skies and cut glare off shiny surfaces, colour correcting filters when shooting under various light sources (colour temp adjustment when shooting RAW), and other special effect filters like soft focus, star burst, and various infrared filters to use with special infrared film.
The death of filters in photography is good since you don’t have to decide what effect you want when you press the shutter and can experiment with different effects/looks when processing your images. But for all the control digital allows in post processing, there are some effects that are either just easier or only achievable by putting a filter on your camera.
The filters that I still carry with me are:
The only other filter that I use is a UV filter. I have one on all my lenses, it is to protect the front element from damage more than for the effect it creates.