How Using Filters Can Enhance Your Photography

Filters are attachments that attach to the front of your camera lens. Typically made of either resin or glass, you can use filters to manage lighting conditions and enhance your photography.
Filters have a lot of uses, such as minimising glare and reflections, reducing light coming through the lens and enhancing colours. Different filters achieve different outcomes.

Some affordable camera lens filters are clear and used solely to protect your lens from dust and scratches. Other filters can alter or boost colours in your images, either increasing or reducing saturation or correcting the colour temperature of a particular scene. When it comes to shutter speeds and exposure, filters can help you avoid overexposure in fast shutter speed shots by blocking the light coming through the lens.

What filter do I need?

Well, that depends on what type of photography you do; however, here’s a list of the most popular filters, what they do and what kind of photography they work well with.

UV Filters

For all types of photography, and a must-have for any photographer. A UV filter can act as a protective shield for your camera lens, preventing dust and dirt from accumulating in your lens. UV filters are a perfect choice if you use a film camera as they can block the UV light from damaging the film.

Polarizing Filters

Again, for all types of photography, and an essential tool in a photographer’s camera bag. Polarizing filters can decrease reflections and also increase colour saturation. Many landscape photographers use a polarizing filter to add more contrast and saturation to their images. With a polarizing filter on your camera lens, you can capture some incredible photographers.

Close-Up Filters

Perfect for macro photography, this doesn’t mean you don’t necessarily need a macro lens for this filter; oh no, you can use this filter on standard lenses and can shoot macro photography. If you already have a macro lens, a close-up filter enables you to get closer to your subjects.

Wessex Photo has a range of filters to suit all types of budgets, from UV filters, polarizing filters, neutral density filters, special effect filters and accessories like adaptor rings. You can view our filters here. If you want more information you can contact us, or visit one of our branches and our team will happily help you with your enquiries.

 

Flower and Ladybug Macro

Macro Photography

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, many of us are finding ourselves back in our gardens, taking strolls in parks and nature reserves, enjoying the beauty of the flowers all in bloom. With this comes the insects; spiders, bees, beetles, and beautiful butterflies. Have you ever tried to get up-close with the camera on your phone, and your creepy crawly insect is blurry? This is where a macro lens and macro photography are the way forward.

Macro Photography can open up a whole new world! Looking at the magnified beauty of leaves, plants, insects, and small animals and immersing yourself in their natural world, we guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Details count! It may take some practice and research to achieve the results you’re after in terms of composition, subject, and lighting, so we will give you a few tips.

Lighting

The best lighting is on those bright yet overcast days to capture the vibrant colours of flowers and those gorgeous butterfly wings. And here’s why – sunny, cloudy days are perfect because the brightness will mean you can use a fast shutter speed to capture those busy bees going about their daily routines in sharp focus. And having clouds in the sky will act as a natural diffuser for your camera so that you won’t have any sharp-looking shadows in your photos.

Composition

Never be afraid to experiment with angles! Put yourself in a bug’s shoes and capture the flowers from the ground with the sun leaking through the petals (great idea, huh?). When shooting insects or small animals, make sure the eyes of the subject are in focus so they are clear and crisp. Don’t lose hope if your subject moves, scurries, or flies away; it will take practice and patience!

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Tripods are your friend

Tripods are an essential piece of kit when it comes to macro photography. Whether you decide to get a tripod with a reversible head so that your camera can face down to the ground or spread the legs of the tripod to a nearly horizontal position so you can take photos at ground level, tripods will keep your camera sturdy for those fast capture moments.

Wessex Photo has numerous lenses, tripods, and other camera equipment that can help you capture those maco photos you’ve always dreamed of taking. Whether you’re a novice photographer or an expert, we have products to suit all budgets, so why not look at our shop or come and visit one of our branches and see how our team can help you find the right equipment for your macro photography.

Why a wide-angle camera lens needs to be in your camera bag

There are so many different camera lenses on the market today, with so many different specs, it can be hard to know which lens you need to suit your particular photography style. Below are reasons why a wide-angle lens needs to be in your camera bag.

Capturing the whole scene

Wide-angle lenses are the perfect choice for scenery. You can tell a story with just one image. You can focus on a particular building or focal point yet still capture the scene’s essence around you.

Greater depth of field

The wide-angle lens gives a greater depth of field. Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and furthest elements in your scene that appear in sharp focus within your photograph; this is why a wide-angle lens is a favourite tool amongst every photographer.

Giving portraits context

When doing portrait photography, many photographers capture the close-ups and the subject’s personality. However, capturing the context of your subject within your shot is one of the most effective ways to capture a successful portrait. It tells a story and gives a deeper meaning to your photography.

Creative flair

When taking photographs with your wide-angle lens, you will understand the many different ways one lens can enhance your images. With Lighting, camera settings and positioning, you can create a range of different moods and atmospheres, so let your creativity take over and push those boundaries for the best photographs.

What photography is a wide-angle lens good for?

Real Estate

Whether you’re in real estate, a wide-angle lens would be the perfect tool for taking images of the interior of homes. Not only can they capture the essence of the room, but they can also make them appear more spacious.

Landscape Photography

Wide-angle lenses are perfect for capturing landscapes, as you can almost get a whole 180-degree angle. Perfect if you want to sell panoramic views on canvases.

City and Seascapes

People love an excellent scenery photographs; we like to take photos or buy imagery of places we’ve been, things we’ve seen and have that memory for a lifetime. Cityscapes and seascapes captured with a wide-angle lens are the perfect examples of the most popular souvenirs from our travels.

If you’re looking into wide-angle lenses, take a look at our new and used options, or if you would like to know more about wide-angle lenses, why a wide-angle camera lens needs to be in your camera bag and if they could suit you and your photography needs, have a chat with one of our team who will be happy to assist you.