Beginner DSLR photography basics: Filters tutorial

Beginner DSLR photography basics: Filters tutorial



Beginner guide that demonstrates different types of filters you may encounter, and why you would want to use them

Uv Filters
Skylight Filters
ND filters
ND Graduated filters
Effect filters

Videos Referenced in this one:

Lee Filters: How to use ND Grads http://youtu.be/byXjjT74zSI

Using ND Grads in the field: http://youtu.be/WM3vD8mL4d4

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Nikon and DSLR camera tutorials, guides and reviews. If you need help using your Nikon Dslr camera, then I will guide you through learning the controls and functions. I will also explain the fundamentals of photography such as ISO, aperture and Shutter speed.
Want to learn how to use manual mode on your camera, I will explain how to set a correct exposure using your camera’s exposure meter and mode dial.

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jsm666 says:

I wasn't aware of the difference between UV and Skylight. Interesting, and thank you. I shall have to watch out for that one in future.

I am a firm believer in the use of the protective front filter, having narrowly escaped losing my largest and most expensive lens a few years back.

I agree that it is best to do your exposure graduation before the light touches the sensor, with as little post-processing as possible afterwards. HDR is good and useful, but the true art lies in not needing it. I am only an amateur/enthusiast, but I do not believe in the use of photoshop/lightroom unless aiming for a specific artistic effect.

Would the polorizer be good for street photography? Would it give my photos a unique look to them? What about using this but shooting in black and white


Freddy J says:

Thank you, very helpful!

How do you explain the many thousands of photo examples showing a dramatic difference in photos with and without a UV filter, with UV showing greater color depth without haze and reflection?

You must protect the coating on your lens. Going without a filter is complete insanity. There is NO SUCH THING as not using a filter of some kind. 

v216 says:

No offense, but the audio in this video is disorienting. Thank you, anyway.

EnergyRipple says:

My left ear enjoyed this video.

Bebo Gomez says:

the UV filters will keep dirt and sand etc, from getting at your lens won't it?

I keep a UV filter attached permanently to protect my lens from scratches.

Could you suggest a good ND filter for NIKON D7200? I need it for both Video and Photos.

Thank you Tom! I am a beginner with a D3300, been through ALL the tutorials by different folks, and you are by far the easiest to understand!

Dear Tom, I have a purple tinted FL-D lens filter for my Nikon 3300 and can't find instructions for its use. I understand the other two. Could you explain this one?

David Payne says:

Hi
And thanks for the tutorial.
For landscape photography would you combine a CPL with a slot in ND grad to control differances in brightness and to deepen the blue?
Regards Dave

Good video Tom… I still use cheap Chinese UV filters (from eBay for $1-$2) to both protect the lens from particulate (sand, dust, confetti and so forth) but more importantly to protect the threads of the lens which have been known to bang against railing, counters, sills and so forth when on-location…

Great tutorial

alwaysinout says:

Hi …
I always here that when using a graduated or ND filter you have to adjust the exposure with the f.stop !!
What does that mean, and what mode should the camera be when using the filter ?
A detailed step by step would be appreciated .

Fantastic vids my friend!

My 55mm filter won't fit on my 55mm lense. Do I need a smaller filter or am I trying to put my filters on wrong??

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