August 1, 2013
You see a gorgeous summer image with your naked eyes, and wish to capture this and other summer highlights forever. However, after clicking the button, your photos come out appearing ‘washed out’, overexposed or hazy. If you encounter this problem frequently, feel safe, you are in the majority! Many casual and even pro photographers deal with this situation every summer, and the solution is simple: use camera filters. Here are some of our basic filter tips to help you: Polarising Filters These are incredibly useful for outdoor summer photos, as they make clouds stand out and ‘pop’ from the surrounding blue skies, making them that much more vivid. Your landscape photos will now feature thick, voluminous fluffy clouds. Moreover, unwanted reflections from bodies of water will be eliminated, so water becomes far more transparent. Perfect for those seaside photos! UV and Skylight Filters UV filters are colourless, while Skylight filters are pinkish. They primarily absorb UV rays, to provide a cleaner, sharper photo. If you are photographing by the seaside, river or even in mountainous regions this summer, UV filters are essential in reducing flare. In addition, they keep skin tones neutral, so you can avoid your subjects’ skin tone looking pinkish and blushed. Your kids and friends can now be presented in their best light. Plus, they protect the front element of your lens from scratches and dirt! Neutral Density Filters There is one special use for ND filters on a bright summer day – they allow you to take photos of moving bodies of water like a waterfall, in such a way that a beautiful motion blur or ‘misty’ effect is created, assuming you use a tripod. They also reduce the visibility of fast moving objects, such as people playing volleyball or running around at a beach, so that your main subject (for example your smiling son or daughter), remains at the centre of attention in the photo, if they remain relatively still. You have ‘frozen’ their joyful expressions amidst a blur of summer beach activity. Do you have any further filter tips to share? Have you tried the above filters before and did they help you at all? And most importantly, what are you doing with those pictures? They can’t be trapped/left in your camera?