Do serious photographers hate colour filters?

Started Apr 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Do serious photographers hate colour filters?
In reply to ConanFuji, Apr 2, 2012

(I am assuming that you are talking only about digital photography . . . the use of color filters--graduated or not--is obvious and undisputed for B & W and/or slide "old fashioned" photograph)

I don't see much use in a "full" colored image (the link gives an example that warms up a shot), since that is so easy to do in Photoshop (I'll use PS as shorthand for all post-processing programmes). But ND filters are absolutely useful. What if you want to have a slow shutter speed but at an open aperture? (eg, to blur moving water) Often, you gotta head for your ND filter. And, at certain times of the day, you really need to use a graduated filter, so that the sky does not wash out. A lot of people are shooting multiple exposures (ie, one for the sky, one for the rest of the image) and then combining them. Maybe I'm just too old-school, but I'd rather use the filter, get the shot welll-exposed in one shot, and be done with it.

The set looks very inexpensive, so why not try it. Not a big investment in a hobby, and I think anyone's skill will improve with using filters like these.

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