OPP #002: TIDBIT TUESDAY – Should you Buy Filters? Landscape Photography Filters Explained

Today's Tidbit: All About Photography Filters

We Discuss:

  • The four most commonly used filters in landscape and nature photography
  • Which photography filters you really need and which ones you can ditch
  • When and how to properly use them
  • What to look for when purchasing filters
  • Which filters can be replaced by post-processing techniques
  • And I answer your submitted questions!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jim Worthington

    I have a different opinion on UV filters. I don’t know why it’s a controversial subject and I just offer this to share my experience, not to argue. I dropped my camera twice recently. Both times were my own operator error. Both times, the filter shattered and there was no damage to the lens. I saw Steve Perry’s testing showing it takes more force to damage a lens front element than a filter, but I have the feeling that the filter protected my lens. I know that one time the outer filter threads picked up some mud and I’m glad I didn’t have to clean that out of my lens’s filter threads. I will do some testing at some point to see if there is any image degradation from having an inexpensive UV filter, but I know that I’m plenty happy with the quality I’m getting with a filter on it and am more comfortable taking my lenses out in the wild.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with them, Jim! I appreciate the helpful info.

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