Sunday, March 23, 2008

Instructor's Tip: The Enhancing Filter

Check out this week's "Instructor's Tip" to enhance your digital photography from Russ Burden. Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for his most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, review his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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"Filters are wonderful tools that allow photographers to improve their
craft. But as with any tool, each has its place and should only be
used when the circumstances are right. The same way a carpenter
wouldn’t use a chisel as a screwdriver, photographers should not
abuse the use of a filter.

For some scenic images, one of the filters I like to use is the
Enhancing Filter. Many filter companies manufacture their own
versions. Each has a slightly different quality. The differences are
evident in how much of a pinkish color is rendered on the film. The
brand you choose should be governed by your taste. The principal
behind the filter is it enhances the warm tones and doesn’t impact
the cool and neutral ones. Although the effect can be mimicked using
Photoshop, there are nuances that don’t translate.

As with all filters, the enhancer has its place. Sunrises and sunsets
are great subjects for its use to help the warm hues pop. Red rock
country of the South West and fall foliage are two more that call for
the filter’s use to add zip to the image. Additionally, I often use
it at dawn or dusk to accentuate an alpenglow. Subjects to avoid are
people, animals, rain forests, interiors, or anything else that
should remain neutral in tone. As with any filter, I suggest you find
its nuances and tweak it to your taste."

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