BetterPhoto Q&A
Category: New Questions

Photography Question 

Filters for Warm Sunset Photos

I want a filter to bring out the warm colors in a sunset. What do I need?

Thanks Laura

To love this question, log in above
5/15/2001 8:13:54 PM

Jeff S. Kennedy   Well you have a bunch of options. As far as filters go a warming filter works nicely. There is also an enhancing filter, but I find these can look artificial at times. Then there are any number of graduated filters in a plethera of colors. These too tend to appear artificial to me.

If there are warm colors in the sunset you shouldn't need a bunch of filters to record them on film. Generally the problem is in metering correctly. If you are using print film it is also important that the lab prints the shot correctly. All things to consider.

To love this comment, log in above
5/15/2001 10:16:32 PM

Laura    I have a digital camera Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom. I really haven't had enough time to experiment yet. I read that digital cameras don't love nature.


To love this comment, log in above
5/18/2001 6:03:02 PM

Jeff S. Kennedy   I'm not a digital expert - be it cameras or editing programs - but I think if you can capture the basic image and colors you should be able to achieve a colorful sunset with a little practice in an editing program like Photoshop. There are so many color corrections (much like adding filters before taking the picture) and curves adjustment that you can do with a good editing program I would think that would be the way to go.

To love this comment, log in above
5/18/2001 6:50:17 PM

Debbie Groff   I just sent a few photos that I took with filters of a sunset, oops, 3 of them look just alike. Filters do enhance color. And you are right Jeff about the PhotoShop being alot of help in color adjustment, even tho the pictures I sent were mosly just cropped with my PhotoShop. Anyway, I have noticed there are alot of sunset pictures out there that have been taken and they are all very nice to the eye, but I liked the answer from either you or John as to turn around and see what the sun is shining on. It does make for a very nice lighting on people's faces. Thanks for the new "outlook".

To love this comment, log in above
5/26/2001 7:05:11 AM

Log in to respond or ask your own question.