Complete Guide to Filters for Digital Photography

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Today’s photographer is faced with an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to using digital-camera and computer-based filtration. Help is here in this comprehensive overview. It provides the lowdown on how digital cameras respond to traditional photographic filters and which filters are the most useful to own. Photoshop filters and third-party plug-ins are explored. Learn to improve color rendition, create traditional filter effects, and more in the computer. Filters have always been the most important ...
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Overview

Today’s photographer is faced with an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to using digital-camera and computer-based filtration. Help is here in this comprehensive overview. It provides the lowdown on how digital cameras respond to traditional photographic filters and which filters are the most useful to own. Photoshop filters and third-party plug-ins are explored. Learn to improve color rendition, create traditional filter effects, and more in the computer. Filters have always been the most important tools in a photographer’s creative arsenal. Here is everything you need to know to master the use of photographic filters in the digital age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579904470
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: A Lark Photography Book Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Photographic Qualities of Light and the Role of Filters 8
The Photographic Qualities of Light 9
Intensity 10
Contrast 10
Color Temperature 14
The Kelvin Scale 15
The Color Temperature of Photographic Lighting 16
Reproduction of Color in Black and White 17
Complementary Colors 18
How Light Is Perceived 19
Infrared Light 21
The Many Forms of Natural Light 22
Sunlight 22
Sunrise/Sunset 22
Twilight 24
Fog, Mist, and Snow 25
Filtering Techniques for Natural Light 26
Artificial Lighting 27
Household Tungsten Lighting 27
Fluorescent Lighting 28
Theatrical and Commercial Lighting 28
Mixed Lighting 29
The Importance of Neutral Areas 29
Color Casts--Where Do They Come From? 30
Chapter 2 An Overview of Camera Filters 32
Filter Designations 33
Filter Names 33
Filter Grades 34
Filter Factors 34
Graduated Filters 35
Filters that Alter the Color of Light 36
Color Filter Categories 36
Color Conversion Filters 36
Creative Uses for Color Conversion Filters 37
Light Balancing Filters 39
Creative Uses for Light Balancing Filters 39
Color Compensating Filters 41
Graduated and Stripe Filters 42
Enhancing Filters 43
Day for Night Filter 43
Fluorescent Filters 43
Sepia Filters 44
Non-Chromatic Filters 45
Neutral Density Filters 45
Polarizers 46
Circular vs. Linear Polarizers 48
UV, Haze, and Skylight Filters 48
Filters that Alter Contrast and/or Sharpness 49
Soft Focus, Diffusion, Fog, and Mist Filters 49
Which Filter to Choose? 50
Adding Warmth 50
Close-Up Filters 52
Filter Materials 52
Filter Mounts and Filter Care 54
Thread-Mount Filters 54
Filter Step-up and Step-down Adapters 54
Bracket Mount Systems 55
Putting Together a Filter Kit 56
Point-and-Zoom Camera Filters 56
Storage and Cleaning 57
Chapter 3 Using Filters with Digital Cameras 58
Digital Camera Choices 59
How Digital Cameras Record Light 59
Noise and Sharpening 60
Can Camera Filters Remove Digital Noise? 63
Key Digital Camera Functions and Filter Use 63
White Balance Features 63
Setting White Balance with Color Filters 66
Using White Balance Creatively 67
LCD Viewing Screen Quality 68
ISO, Contrast, and Color Saturation Settings 68
Types of Viewfinders 70
Lens Filter Mount 70
Sensitivity to Infrared Light 71
RAW File Capture Option 71
The Ability to Close Focus 71
The Most Useful Digital Camera Filters (and Why I Use Them) 72
Polarizing Filters 72
Graduated Filters 75
Neutral Density Filters 76
Soft Focus and Diffusion Filters 78
Close-Up Filters 81
Sepia and Enhancing Filters 82
Cooling Filters 84
Chapter 4 Using Software for Color Correction 86
Filter Programs 89
How Much Control Does the User Have? 89
Are Results Easily Duplicated? 90
How Accurate is the Preview Image? 90
Does the Software Add Noise? 90
Is the Program a Memory Hog? 90
Corrective versus Creative Applications 92
To Tweak or to Transform 92
Strategies for Color Correction 94
Color Correction Examples 95
Example 1 Color Temperature Correction with RAW Files 95
Example 2 Using Software for Color Corrections 98
Example 3 Neutralizing a Weak Color Cast 100
Example 4 Neutralizing a Strong Color Cast 102
Example 5 Rendering Skin Tones 105
Chapter 5 Enhancing and Refining the Color Image 108
Warming and Cooling the Subject 109
Example 1 Warming Filters 109
Example 2 Cooling Filters 112
Example 3 Color Conversion Filter Effects 114
Adding, Intensifying, and Restoring Color 115
Example 4 Graduated Color Filter Effects 115
Example 5 Intensifying Colors 118
Example 6 Restoring a Faded Color Photo 120
Example 7 Eliminating Red-eye 121
Color Special Effects 122
Example 8 Color Special Effects with Abstractions 122
Example 9 Artistic Filters 124
Soft Focus and Diffusion Filter Effects 126
Example 10 Soft Focus and Diffusion Filter Effects 127
Reproducing the Look of Film 129
Example 11 Filtering to Add Grain 129
Example 12 Altering Depth of Field 130
Example 13 Perspective Correction 131
Noise Reduction Programs 133
Example 14 Noise Reduction 135
Chapter 6 Black-and-White Filter Techniques 138
Black-and-White Photography 139
Black-and-White Contrast Filters 140
Example 1 Choosing a Camera Filter 142
Color to Monochrome Software Conversions 145
Example 2 Converting from Color to Monochrome 145
Example 3 Channel Mixer Conversion Method 148
Example 4 Monochrome Conversions with Contrast Filter Effects Software 150
Toning Black-and-White Images 152
Example 5 Toning Black-and-White Images 153
Infrared Photography with Digital Cameras 157
Example 6 Digital Camera Infrared Images 160
Appendix 162
Index 166
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