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What kind of filter makes colors "pop"?

 
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Jun 03, 2010 18:37 |  #1

I saw lots of great photos on here where the person said they used B+W filter. But when I searched I found all kinds of filters for sale. How do I know what to get?


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Jun 03, 2010 18:39 |  #2

It really depends on what you are taking pictures of. And the type of filter will matter more than the brand.

If you are talking about landscapes with skies, you will want a CPL filter. Get a good name brand multicoated filter. B+W and Hoya are highly recommended on the forum I use a couple Hoyas and they are very nice.


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Jun 03, 2010 19:16 |  #3

Most generally it'd be a circular polarizer. Get a good quality one; B+W MRC, Heliopan SH-PMC or Hoya S-HMC or HD. I've standardized on B+W MRC.


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Jun 04, 2010 12:29 |  #4

Its interesting that with digital there typically is only 1 filter recommended.
As a long time kodachrome and velvia shooter I used to use c-pol, warming and enhancing filters.




  
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Jun 04, 2010 12:34 |  #5

Circular polariser. Gold and Blue polariser. Solid ND filters (GNDs are useful, but optional).




  
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Jun 04, 2010 14:53 |  #6

cameraperson wrote in post #10298122 (external link)
I saw lots of great photos on here where the person said they used B+W filter.

Did they say anything about a clarity or vibrancy slider in Lightroom 2:)

They make things "Pop".


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Jun 05, 2010 02:04 |  #7

westcoaster17 wrote in post #10302445 (external link)
Its interesting that with digital there typically is only 1 filter recommended.
As a long time kodachrome and velvia shooter I used to use c-pol, warming and enhancing filters.

The polarizer is the one thing that really can't be done with software in post-processing. Many other filter effects can be done pretty easily with software.


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Jun 05, 2010 05:38 |  #8

swalter wrote in post #10306021 (external link)
Many other filter effects can be done pretty easily with software.

Except the effects depending on long exposure time, made possible by a ND filter(s). :)




  
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Jun 05, 2010 05:41 |  #9

not strictly a 'filter', but it's also pretty hard to replicate the bokeh effects of changing the effective shape of the aperture or front element.




  
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Jun 05, 2010 06:41 as a reply to  @ Shadowblade's post |  #10

The best (and first) option would be to ensure that the exposure is dead-on, and the lighting is good. No filter will help a poorly exposed, poorly lit subject, but will enhance one that is.


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Jun 05, 2010 07:37 |  #11

argyle wrote in post #10306530 (external link)
The best (and first) option would be to ensure that the exposure is dead-on, and the lighting is good. No filter will help a poorly exposed, poorly lit subject, but will enhance one that is.

Excellent point. Adding a bit of extra contrast and color saturation in post will also make the photos pop.


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Jun 05, 2010 08:19 |  #12

"pop"... and they say that bokeh is a vague concept...


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