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Amber Stephens
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/11/2005
 

Using Filters


 
 
Can you use more than one filter at one time? In this photo, I only used a circular polarizer to enhance the water, but the lake and trees still show up hazy (it was a very hot and humid day). Could I have used the UV filter at the same time? If so, which should go on first--or does it matter?


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7/31/2006 7:53:20 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Yep. You can stack filters but remember to adjust your exposure for filter factors if you don't have a built-in meter. The polarizer should go on the outside of the stack and behind the lens shade so you can easily adjust the filter.

UV filters are only useful for cutting down or eliminating ultra-violet light, not haze. In fact, while some like to keep a UV filter on as a lens protector, as far as UV usefulness at lower altitudes, like sea level, they're just not all that useful. High in the mountains, sure.

Your polarizer, assuming it's a circular, rotating polarizer is good for cutting some reflections or glare on highly reflective surfaces like lakes, windows, etc. At the same time, as you adjust it to rid a scene of say the unwanted reflections on water, you may get the additional effect, coincidental to that, of eliminating some haze in the same scene. Polarizers, however, aren't true haze cutters. There are actually haze filters available, but IMHO their value is really marginal at best.

I tend to avoid using polarizers because although they get rid of one problem, they tend to cause another, usually throwing something into dark shade. I shoot strictly film and if I use filters, they're using warming filters with color transparencies, like an 81B or even 81C. If there are reflections I want to get rid of, I usually wait or change positions slightly.

If I stack filters, I use a Hitech square resin filter system that allows me to slip additional filters in the same holder without screwing them onto the lens. The holder acts as a lens shade. Cokin has them available in different systems, both special effects filters and standard contrast enhancers for black and white or warming filters for color. And, the rig Cokin or others make can be threaded on the outside ring of the polarizing filter.

Okie dokie?
Mark


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7/31/2006 11:17:42 AM

 

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  I just use a digtal dehaze action in PS, which you should be doing to every digital photo, just like sharpening has to be done.


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7/31/2006 11:42:59 AM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  mark, How do you digitally De-Haze in PS2?


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2/8/2008 1:38:15 PM

 
W.   
Stack filters and you will soon experience vignetting: dark corners.


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2/8/2008 2:56:26 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  That wasn't my response Robert. It was Derek using my avitar. Sorry, I'm digitally impaired and I have no idea what he was talking about.
Mark.


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2/8/2008 4:00:22 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  BTW Robert, I enjoyed your gallery.
Some good stuff there.
M.


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2/8/2008 4:17:24 PM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  Thanks...


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2/8/2008 6:24:32 PM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  Mark, BTW..Like the "claws on kale" pic. My wife is from Cali.


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2/9/2008 5:37:29 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Aaaah yes ! Salinas...salad bowl to the world. If you're into shooting agriculture, there's no place like it. :>)
M.


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2/9/2008 10:37:26 AM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  Don't know what I'm into at the moment. I would like to find my focus...auugggghhhh


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2/9/2008 12:56:12 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Your Focus is just fine "enjoying your Art!"
I agree your Gallery is really nice, I love "Fritzls Angel" and Framed in Ice"

I am digitaly challanged as well, and still nuse all my filters.

Old Dogs,new tricks.Hummm...LOL


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2/11/2008 6:15:49 AM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  Thanks Debby, What I like about digital is it's instant. But also like the peace and quiet of the darkroom and watching the prints come to life.


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2/11/2008 1:04:37 PM

 
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"But also like the peace and quiet of the darkroom and watching the prints come to life."

Switch of the room lights off when you edit and print...?


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2/11/2008 3:51:04 PM

 
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"But also like the peace and quiet of the darkroom and watching the prints come to life."

Switch off the room lights when you edit and print...?


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2/11/2008 3:52:20 PM

 
Robert F. Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/24/2002
  LOL


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2/11/2008 5:31:26 PM

 
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