A handy visual guide to using lens filters

Understanding and using lens filters can be a bit tricky and confusing if you are new to the concept.

We found this simple graphic to help you with using filters.

Check it out below but a few things first –

Firstly, as the infographic states, using a protective filter is very necessary. It helps protect the front glass element of your lens. This is vital as dust can easily scratch the front surface.

Secondly, as the infographic also states, UV filters are nor required for a Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras as they are NOT sensitive to UV light. A UV filter can be used on a DSLR only as a substitute if you cannot find a protective filter. A UV filter is however vital if you are shooting on film, especially at higher altitudes.

Thirdly, some of the effects that these filters give can be achieved in post production and editing, such as the Warm/ Cool effect and the black and white filter effects, BUT it is always best to have full creative control over your image by physically altering the look of your image by using a dedicated filter. Editing and post processing has its limits, and cannot give you the same result as a dedicated, physical filter put in front of a lens.

Last and most importantly, always buy a good quality filter. Some camera stores bundle cheaply made “100 Rupee” filter with your purchases. These filters do more harm than good. There is a huge difference in the quality of glass meant to be used for photographic purposes and glass that is intended for other use. These “sasta” filters usually use inferior quality glass and end up degrading you image by reducing contrast and sharpness. A cheap filter may also give rise to “flares” and “stars” in your image if you photograph a bright light source which a quality filter will not. Most importantly, a well made filter does not damage your lens, cheaply made filters can easily get jammed on your lens and can be very difficult to take off without causing damage.

Personally, I prefer to use filters manufactured by B+W or by Marumi. These are trusted brands and produce quality filters. Also, both of them have a “slim” line of filters that do not “vignette” (darken the corners of the image) when shooting at wider apertures, which I prefer.

I make my purchases from Balaji Impex, they are the distributors in India for these filter manufacturers and.

(Contact- Mr. Deepak Gupta email- impexb@gmail.com phone- +91 11 2386 7818/ +91 11 4156 9765)

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