Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shopping for filters, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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Before we dive into specific filters, I want to mention a few general things about filter…shopping, which can be a little confusing if you've never done it before.…There are three main filter manufactures, Tiffen, Hoya, and B+W, and I am not listing…those in any particular order, that's just how they came to mind.…There are also lots of other little filter vendors that you've never heard of.…When you go to Amazon or to a photo website like B&H and do a search for a particular…filter like maybe a circular polarizer, you're going to see filters by those three big vendors…and lots of other people, and you're going to see a huge variation in price.…
Tiffen or Hoya or B+W might sell a circular polarizer for $100, while some company you've…never heard of has one for $25. Can you just go for the $25 one?…Let's talk for a minute about really what a filter is.…We saw before that they are flat pieces of glass that go on the end of your lens.…If you've watched my Foundations of Photography: Lenses course, then you know that the lens…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.