6. Filters and Special Effects

There are some looks and effects in photography that can still be best achieved by using special equipment on the camera. Read on to find out how to use filters and special effects to spice up your images.


It might surprise you to know that filters still have a very valuable place in the digital camera bag. Sure, you can simulate many of the effects of a filter in Photoshop after the fact, but not everything lends itself to software adjustments. In some cases, you’ll have better results from the beginning by using the appropriate tools with your camera when you go out to photograph.

UV filters

I’ll be very up front on this one. I am not a fan of UV (ultraviolet) filters. Most of them are sold with a lens ...

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