And how they’ll transform your images!

Why waste hours editing your photos digitally after your shoot, when filters can provide amazing effects during it? Spend more time out doing what you love with these 5 filters you need to add to your photography equipment now!

Don’t own a professional camera? Don’t worry, read until the end as we’ve also got you covered!📱👌

(Remember to check the lens thread size before ordering yours!)

1.Skylight and UV Filters

Their basic purpose is to protect the lens of the camera from possible dirt, dust, scratches, etc. However they also filter ultraviolet light and subtly correct excesses blue colors in photos like this filter by HDStars.

2. Polarising Filters

These filters, such as the Tiffen 55mm Linear Polarizer, fulfill two functions: eliminating unwanted reflections from shiny surfaces such as water, windows, metallic objects etc., and helping to obtain more intense and more saturated colors. Very useful for example when photographing landscapes – making the sky have a more intense blue color and a greater contrast with the clouds!

3. Neutral Density (ND) Filters

Think of these filters as a pair of sunglasses for your camera! These darkened sheets of glass reduce the amount of light entering a lens and therefore reaching the sensor, without affecting the colour. They allow you to use longer shutter speeds or wider apertures than would otherwise be available in the prevailing lighting conditions. Check out this ICE 77mm ND filter.

4. Graduated Neutral Density Filters (ND Grads)

This type of filter is like a pair of sunglasses with dark glass at the top and clear glass at the bottom with the aim of balancing the exposure between a bright sky and a darker foreground, particularly in landscapes and sunrise/sunset shots. ND grads come in several different strengths, and with different transitions between the dark and clear areas. Given the need to move the filter up and down to align with your composition, ND grad filters require a square filter holder that attaches to the lens. Why not try out the Lee 3 filter set!

5. Variable or Strong Neutral Density Filters

Variable neutral density filters, like this one from K&F Concept, are used when using extremely long shutter speeds or very shallow depth-of-field effects in bright conditions. Unlike normal ND Filters you can vary the strength or ‘density’ of the filter by rotating the filter as well as attaching the filter before you frame the shot. Set the exposure to its lowest strength to start with (allowing you to see clearly through the viewfinder to compose your shot) and then adjust it once you have setup the camera!

📢 SmartPhone Photographers 📢- do not despair!

NiSi has launched a new line of smartphone optical accessories called Prosories. The new Prosories P1 is a kit that brings a number of square filters to the smartphone (medium graduated neutral density filter and a polarizing filter)!

So, don’t just rely on Photoshop for all your effects; get out there and have some fun the more traditional way!

Questions for the community:

What are your favorite photography accessories? Why?

Let us know and we’ll feature them on our next accessories post! 👇