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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Filters For B&W Photography

On-camera filters still give you the best results when shooting black-and-white

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Singh-Ray Galen Rowell ND
Boasting a cost-effective solution that really works, Lee Filters offers a set of Polyester black-and-white contrast filters that contains the following colors: Yellow, Yellow-Green, Orange, Light Red and one Lee Gel Snap. The filters measure 4x4 inches (100x100mm) and slip into the included filter holder that attaches to any lens with a filter thread 82mm or smaller via a common rubberband.

If you haven’t tried Singh-Ray filters, you don’t know what you’ve missed. They’re rectangular and compatible with Cokin P-series filter holders. One of their most famous filters is the Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density, which allows users to adjust exposure without negatively affecting color balance. In high-contrast situations where one portion of the scene may be as much as four times brighter than another, a Graduated ND makes it possible to balance the difference and bring it into alignment with other visual elements. If you shoot landscapes, sunrises, ocean scenes or just about anything else that contains the horizon, you need a Graduated ND filter.

Tiffen, a family-owned business, manufactures many filters here in the U.S., and proudly provides a 10-year warranty. But don’t misunderstand—this isn’t a small company. Tiffen is a category leader and makes filters in all shapes and sizes to fit every imaginable configuration of still, video and motion-picture camera. Tiffen has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award. As a matter of fact, Tiffen has two Oscars® (as well as one Emmy®) to its credit. It also offers a money-saving kit for monochrome photography that includes yellow, red and green filters, plus a storage pouch.

B+W (Schneider Optics)

Cokin (OmegaSatter)

Formatt Filters (Bogen Imaging)

Heliopan (HP Marketing Corp.)

Hoya (THK Photo Products)

Lee Filters





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