Before the advent of digital photography, film photographers would keep a veritable arsenal of filters in their kitbag. Now that we can manipulate pixels so readily, we don’t need to use nearly so many of these in the field. Many of the coloured and special effects filters used by film photographers can now be added after the fact in post-processing, and this has the advantage of giving you more choices in how you process and the opportunity to create different versions of the same image.

There are some filters, though, that do things that can’t be done using software and these are the ones we’re going to look at here.

Different filter types

Polarising filters

For many photographers, this is the only filter they ever use. A polarising filter can give you those deep blue skies with white fluffy clouds that you often see in landscape photography, and it also cuts through reflections, glare and enhances colours. Here are a few of the ways you can use it…

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