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Scott J. 

Use of filters

I am about to do a project and want to use B&W film to do some portraits. I will be shooting inside and out. What filters will I need and what do they do?

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1/19/2005 9:36:48 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Filters for contrast, better to use contrast filters for printing if you're printing your own pictures. They are numbered and can be bought in a set. 1-5 or maybe 0-5. Number 3 is regular contrast, it's a light purple, at least mine is. Below 3 are shades of yellow meant for reducing contrast.
Higher you go above 3, the more contrast it gives you.
If you intend on changing contrast while taking the picture, you'll need colored filters, the same used for giving color shots an overall color to it.
Yellow would be a regular contrast, with orange being more, and red giving high contrast.
Blue filter would lighten the sky, probably wouldn't like it because you'd loose much definiton between sky and clouds.
Green dosen't have a pronounced effect, but it will darken reds some, and make any highlights in reds stand out more.

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1/20/2005 2:12:38 AM

Michael H. Cothran   There's really only four standard b&w color contrast filters - yellow, green, orange, and red, in that order of contrast. Yes, there are lots of variations and grades, but still basically four.
For human skin, GREEN (#11) is the best choice. It provides the best tonality of all for skin of any color on conventional b&w film, and should provide similar results with chromogenic b&w films.
Michael H. Cothran

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1/20/2005 11:00:57 AM

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