Black and White Filters

Careful use of filters with black and white photography can add a whole new dimension.

Photo: Charlie Waite

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Think Differently

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.

Filter Effects
  • Unfiltered

  • Unfiltered

  • LEE 3

    3 Light Yellow

    Absorbs blue. Darkens sky, cloud and foliage.

  • LEE 11

    11 Yellow Green

    Absorbs red. Lightens foliage and grass, darkens reds.

  • LEE 21

    21 Orange

    Absorbs blue and blue/green.

  • LEE 23a

    23A Light Red

    Absorbs blue/ green. Dramatically lightens reds and darkens blues and greens.

How to clean and store your filters


ClearLEE Filter Wash & Cloth


Filter and System Pouches

Angela Nicholson, Reviews Editor at Camera Jabber, takes a look at our ClearLEE range - designed especially to ensure your filters stay optically perfect and free of marks and smudges.

She also demonstrates our Filter and System Pouches and shows how she keeps everything organised and ready to go when you need it.

LEE Filters Sossusvlei
Charlie Waite
Namibia, Africa

Quick Start Videos

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Landscape Set

3 filters designed for urban & rural landscapes

Product Directory

Complete product information for filters, holders, kits, sets and accessories

In Conversation with David Noton and Joe Cornish


We invited respected photographers David Noton and Joe Cornish to discuss all things photographic over a pint. Here they chat about light as the central subject of much of their photography.

This fascinating conversation continues over a series of videos that give a revealing insight into the technical, aesthetic and practical considerations that inform their work.

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Infrared Filter

The Infrared filter can create unique results by dramatically lightening green foliage. It can be used with Infrared film or digital.

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.

LEE Infrared 87
John Gravett

Taken on a very windy day using the LEE Infrared filter on the D100, I was trying to get a feel of the movement of the clouds through the sky.

The long exposure needed with the 87 filter allowed a shutter speed of 5 seconds, which was long enough to show movement in the clouds, but still short enough to preserve sufficient sharpness in the leaves of the tree, slightly sheltered in the valley.

Using infrared also lightened the foliage of the tree against a much darker sky, the tonal range of the colour shot, with a dark tree against a lighter sky, was less exciting.

LEExposure 09 - Read our latest online magazine

LEExposure Issue 09 Highlights

  • Rachael Talibart explains why the moods and vagaries of the sea are important to her photography
  • What's new with the LEE100 Holder
  • Composition Masterclass with Verity Milligan
  • The Gallery - our showcase of fine photography
  • Anatomy of an autumn image
  • YourView - Your work critiqued by a professional
  • Mark Cornick explains the beauty of a deliberately blurred image

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Polarising filters are used primarily to reduce reflections. This can be useful when photographing skies, water, glass etc.

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LEE Stopper App

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LEE Filters Quick Start Videos

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