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StevePn Jul 11, 2004 5:58 AM

I am new to digital Photography and about to buy a Kyocera M410R. With all the special effects etc you can do in Photoshop/Elements, are filters still required?

Can you achieve the same results with our filters ie polarisers etc?

Thanking you in advance for the answers


Steve :|

normc Jul 11, 2004 6:54 AM

Why not have both? Myself I prefer to get the best results that I am able to achieve right out of the camera. For example, one of my filters is a 1/2 ND that can rotate on the lens to darken a sky or water. To do this with an editor might take hours. I imagine tho, that there are lots of people who like to shoot in RAW mode and then use an editor for nearly everything.

Whatever your method, digital photography will improve your film photography.

stephendickey Jul 11, 2004 10:05 AM

A polariser influences the data which is captured by the sensor and can't be replicated by any software.

Neutral density filters, for example, are used to allow longer exposures in certain conditions. Software can not take a short exposure and make it look like a longer exposure (when shooting moving water for example). Although it can be used to fix an underexposed shot to some extent.

Simple coloured filters can be easily replicated in photoshop. In fact, photoshop CS has a menu specifically for adding filter effects eg warming filter, cooling etc.

So to sum up, filters which produce minor colour changes etc can be replicated in photoshop. Filters which influence the dynamics of the shot can not.

Hope you can understand my terrible explanation!



JerryF Jul 11, 2004 12:39 PM

Yes, you can achieve SOME of the same results with SOME filters that you can attach to your camera.

My first filter for my camera was a UV filter---not for altering the result of pictures, but to protect my lens on my Fuji S602Z.

My second filter is a polarizer. This, to me, is one of the more useful filters. It will block out glare so as to see through water and windows (but only at certain agles). No software can remove glare and let you see what was behind it.

StevePn Jul 11, 2004 1:33 PM

Thanks for the advise


Steve :D

Mikefellh Jul 11, 2004 2:39 PM

Just to add, many coloured filters are defeated by the automatic white balance.

marokero Jul 11, 2004 10:49 PM

Mikefellh wrote:

Just to add, many coloured filters are defeated by the automatic white balance.
True. Color filters were used in film cameras to correct color on film which can't be made to change white balance response (most are daylight balanced). Color filters on digital cameras only block light data from reaching the sensor. Neutral density and neltral grads are on the other hand still very usable in digital as they are on film.

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