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Jul 01, 2017 04:14 |  #1

I might just be that dumb. I have only been using the uv haze filters, should I be using something else to protect my eyes and sensor? I do have a polarized filter but never use it, is there special filters for this?

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Jul 03, 2017 15:40 |  #2

lijoec wrote in post #18391489 (external link)
I might just be that dumb. I have only been using the uv haze filters, should I be using something else to protect my eyes and sensor? I do have a polarized filter but never use it, is there special filters for this?

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As long as you don't stare into the sun for long periods of time you won't really need anything to protect your eye. The sensor doesn't need anything to protect it either.

Now as for using filter for sunrise and sunset, it depends on what you need.

Unless you're shooting film a UV filter isn't going to do anything for your photo (people still use them as protection filters especially on beaches). A polarizer isn't going to do much in a sunrise or sunset photo unless you're looking to remove reflection from water, leaves, etc.

The most common filter used for sunrise and sunset photos is a reverse graduated neutral density filter. They are made to darken the brightest part of the frame, the horizon. If filters aren't your thing that blending exposure in photoshop is the filterless option.




  
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Jul 04, 2017 08:08 |  #3

lijoec wrote in post #18391489 (external link)
I do have a polarized filter but never use it, is there special filters for this?

Joe

You are missing out on one of the best filters to enhance landscape work. Start experimentating!




  
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Jul 04, 2017 08:59 |  #4

I too use a filter for protection on my lenses but I usually will take it off for many sunrise and sunset photos. I find that if the sun is in the frame the filter often causes extra flair or reflections in the photo. I also take it off for any nighttime photography where there are lights, the moon or stars in the photo for the same reason. By the way, I use high-quality B+W filters.


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Jul 10, 2017 19:28 |  #5

Thank you for your replies. That did the job for what I needed to know.


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