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To use filters for black and white photography, you need to think differently.
A filter will lighten any colour that is similar to its own, and darken other colours.
A red filter, for instance, will make a red post box show as almost white, and a blue sky as almost black, as the relevant colours are either transmitted or absorbed.
Green filters are popular for lightening foliage or grass, and blue filters are often used to enhance skin tones and texture for portraiture, as they will darken pinks and reds.
Absorbs blue. Darkens sky, cloud and foliage.
Absorbs red. Lightens foliage and grass, darkens reds.
Absorbs blue and blue/green.
Absorbs blue/ green. Dramatically lightens reds and darkens blues and greens.
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The LEE 87 Infrared Filter is visually opaque and is used in infrared photography to absorb unwanted visible light. Transmission begins above 730 nanometers.
Please note that some digital cameras are not capable of Infrared photography without specialist conversion. Your dealer, or the camera manufacturer should be able to advise correctly for your particular model.
Polarising filters are used primarily to reduce reflections. This can be useful when photographing skies, water, glass etc.
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screws onto camera lens
attaches to the adaptor ring
slides into the filter holder
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