Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Toolbox: Optical Filters for Black & White
Filters for maximizing the potential of black-and-white desaturation methods
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Tiffen's Green 1 #11 filter is offered for correcting skin tones when shooting black-and-white portraiture outdoors, especially against the sky. Skies are darkened in comparison to clouds. Green foliage is lightened while reds are darkened. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $9.
While Tiffen's Darker Green #58 darkens reds, it's also more dense for separating lighter foliage and leaves from the surrounding greenery. Skin and lips look natural. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $25.
Tiffen's Blue #47 and Blue #47B are dark blue filters that accentuate environmental haze and fog by lightening blue tones. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $19.
Cokin P001 Yellow
Cokin P002 Orange
The Black and White Set from Lee Filters includes four of their most popular optical filters for black-and-white photography in 100mm square filters. The Yellow 8 filter increases black-and-white contrast between blue skies and white clouds while the Yellowish Green 11 filter enhances green separation. The Orange 21 filter absorbs blues and blue/green for heightened landscapes and nature shots. The 23A Light Red brightens reds and suppresses blues for darkening skies and bodies of water. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $59.
Cokin's square filters are available to fit several mount systems that cover lenses with front diameters of up to 130mm. Covering most DSLR lenses at up to 84mm in width, two P Series filters are popular for black-and-white, the Cokin P001 Yellow resin filter and the Cokin P002 Orange. (You also must purchase the P Series Cokin mount.) Ideal for sunset and sunrise work, the P002 Orange increases contrast between reds and yellows while darkening skies, emphasizing clouds and subduing ambient light levels. In architecture, it also pulls out texture from brick and stones. The P001 Yellow is useful for lightening skin tones and blond hair in portraiture while reducing blemishes. It also improves the contrast between clouds and sky. Estimated Street Price (begins at): $12 (Cokin P Series Filter Holder); $24 each (Cokin P001 Yellow, Cokin P002 Orange).
SKYLIGHT + UV FILTERS
UV filters and mildly tinted Skylight filters subtly reduce haze, thereby adding clarity that has been removed by the natural diffusion that these atmospheric particles cause. Primarily, they're used as an affordable way to protect the delicate front element of your lens, and they also reduce the overall blue tinge caused by ultraviolet rays.
|Tiffen Sky 1-A; Zeta ZR SMC Wideband C-PL (W); Kenko E-Series Circular Polarizer; Pro-Optic Pro C-PL Color Polarizer|
Designed to be affixed to the lens at all times as an extra layer of protection, the Tiffen Sky 1-A filter absorbs almost half the amount of UV light hitting your lens, which reduces the blue cast that you see over long distances and over water. It also has been tinted pink to add warmth and correct colors. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $4.
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