25 2017 Oct

A Sony Lens Filter Adapter Gives My Pictures a Different Look

sony lens filter adapterMost recently, I have been doing some experiments when taking pictures so that I am able to find what kinds of camera accessories are ones that will make it so that I am able to get the most from my camera. It has been so much fun testing out the different kinds of accessories that are available and seeing how these can make pictures look a whole lot different overall.

Out of the different accessories that I have been trying, I have found some that work really well and others that were not as nice to use all the time. Of all these different items, my favorite one to work with right now is a Sony lens filter adapter as the lenses filters I can use with this are ones that can really change the overall look of my pictures.

I have had no problem shooting some really cool pictures thanks to the different kinds of lens filters I have been able to use. It is great to be able to use these different items to make sure that I am able to capture the very best all of the time. With the right lenses I can create some really spectacular pictures.

2 2017 Aug

Looking At Camera Lens Filters For My Brother

My brother has been into photography for a while now and he is always getting some new equipment and some great accessories that he can use with his camera. He splurged on a really professional camera that has given him some amazing shots. He realized that he was really passionate about photography and that is when he got his nice camera.

I have decided that I want to get my brother a nice lens filter for his camera for his birthday. His birthday is coming up later this month and I know that he had been wanting to get a new filter for his lens. There are some great options that I have been seeing online and I am confident that I will find the right filter for my brother to use again and again.

I can’t wait to get my brother an awesome camera lens filter so that he can take his best shots. He loves going to natural parks and going on long hikes and taking pictures of some unique natural beauty especially. He comes back from his hiking and backpacking trips with literally thousands of photos. Looking at camera lens filters for my brother has been a lot of fun so far.

2 2017 Jun

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

I find that when I go through boxes of old photos in the attic or basement, I have to pause and dwell on those ones with the classic brown hue to them. You know the ones where everyone appears to be wearing brown, gray, or black clothing. Even the background frequently has a brownish tint.

I don’t know why I’m attracted to these photos, but I was amazed to find out that you can get a lens filter for your DSLR to emulate this look in present day photos. It’s called a Sepia lens filter, from the warm sepia effect characteristic of historical photography.

The Sepia effect can be applied in varying degrees, depending upon the strength of the filter used. And, yes! They can be purchased in sets, usually labeled A, B, C or 1, 2, 3.

Although rarely seen in anything other than competition photography today, the effects of a Sepia filter can be a lot of fun to experiment with. And these filters are not difficult or expensive to obtain. Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did! And won’t your friends be surprised when they see how they look in the photos you take of them.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

26 2017 May

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

The purpose of a neutral density filter is to reduce the amount of light that gets to the camera, decrease the shutter speed, and increase exposure time. These filters are particularly useful during the day, because of the abundance of light that cannot be reduced by minimizing lens aperture and decreasing ISO. For example, if you want to create a “foggy” look for a waterfall an 8 stop neutral density filter, will allow you to slow down the shutter speed to 2 seconds while keeping lens aperture at f/11-f/16. (Using apertures beyond f/11-f/16 with normal lenses may decrease image quality due to diffraction.)

You will discover that neutral density filters are also useful in flash photography. When photographing a subject on a bright sunny day with flash to create a dramatic effect, you will possibly end up with an overexposed subject. By using a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light that makes it to the camera, you may eliminate this problem.

Both circular and rectangular neutral density filters are available. There are no benefits to rectangular neutral density filters, so choose a circular ND filter for size and portability benefits. You can stack neutral density filters to decrease shutter speed even more, but stacking ND filters with wide-angle lenses will cause vignetting.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

19 2017 May

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

So, why would you want a close-up lens filter for your DSLR? For a budding macro photographer, a close-up lens set (otherwise known as close-up filters) can be a good way to ease financially into macro photography.

A close-up lens set is designed to screw onto the filter thread of any lens, and can effectively diminish the lens’ minimum focus distance to allow super-close macro shooting. Well designed close-up lens filter sets are extremely inexpensive (around $30) and completely capable. Portable, cheap, and well-made, close-up lens sets are a truly a realistic alternative to a dedicated macro lens.

A complete close-up set is typically smaller than a pancake lens, and lighter. They usually include a convenient carrying case, to just slip into your pocket. For the amazing amount of creativity they can provide the budding macro enthusiast, close-up filter sets are surprisingly effective.

As with all photo accessories, there are close-up lens sets out there that may cause chromatic aberration and reduce the sharpness of your images, however, these are generally exceptions to the rule. Just be wary of manufacturers that are known for poor quality lenses and filters.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

12 2017 May

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

I use a U/V lens filter to protect my expensive lens packages. A lens filter is easier to clean than a lens, as well. But there is another way to accomplish this, and in addition, reduce the amount of light that gets to your lens due to the full sun that we receive this time of year.

On a bright, sunny day you may notice unwanted glare and lens flare in your photos when taking a shot at certain angles to the sun. You can avoid this by moving your subject or your camera angle to the sun, of course, but sometimes this is either not possible or at least undesirable.

Although a large line of various lens filters are at your disposal online to combat this problem, an even simpler (and oftentimes more economical) solution is a Lens Hood. I find that a lens hood for my camera lens acts like an adjustable porch roof over my lens to avoid unwanted glare from the sun, and also protects the the lens from breakage when I bump my camera into an object by accident. And indoors, a lens hood allows me to minimize glare from my light source(s).

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

28 2017 Apr

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

Today I want to talk about some lens filters that I always take along with me when I am going to a family gathering. These events are always frequented by distant family relatives from out of town that we have heard about, but rarely see. So I am always called upon to take some portraits to commemorate the occasion.

If it’s a sunny day, I always try to position my subject(s) so that the sun is not directly in their eyes, but behind me placing them in the best light. But this is not always possible due to our surroundings. I want the background to be pleasing, as well. This is where I find a polarizing lens filter to come in handy. It helps to minimize the effects of a bright sun at a poor angle. I can adjust the polarizer by turning it, a small amount at a time, to get the colors just right.

I also like to take a center spot filter with me. This is a variation of a diffusion filter. The center of a center spot filter is either a hole or a flat, clear glass. The outer “ring” is diffuse and sometimes colored. Therefore, the center produces a clear image of my subject(s) and the outer ring blurs the detail. As a result, it places the emphasis on the center. This is ideal for an individual or small group portrait.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

21 2017 Apr

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

As routine readers of this blog already know, I prefer to create special effects in my photography with my digital camera, rather than by using post-processing software. So I have an array of inexpensive lens filters that I carry with me whenever I go out shooting.

I always carry a polarizing filter to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare from the surface of lakes or the ocean. A linear polarizer allows me to change the balance of the light in a photograph.

I also carry a few color intensifier filters to enhance the green tones of foliage and the reds and oranges of colorful fall leaves. Mixing the effects of a polarizer and color intensifier results in beautiful photos of lakes and waterfalls.

I can also add the appearance of fog to my photos with various levels of fog filters. These come in sets of basic levels, so I was able to get a variety without depleting my budget for my hobby.

My UV/clear/haze filter will be found attached to my camera lens most of the time, to protect the lens. Of course, my digital camera provides UV filtering internally, so I don’t need the lens filter for this purpose. But I find that it protects my lenses from breakage, dust, and dirt. The lens filter is also a lot easier to clean than my lenses.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

31 2017 Mar

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

After some exposure to the cool effects that I can create with different lens filters, I decided to make them part of my everyday carry items in my camera bag. This group of items include an extra power pack for my DSLR, a few extra memory cards, an external flash, and the aforementioned array of lens filters.

Naturally, I always carry 2 or more lenses with me when I leave for a day of shooting. And one or two of my go-to lenses for special effects have thread sizes that differ from my normal thread. So, on the days that I carry these lenses I also need to add my lens filter adapter(s) to my kit. This is my way of always being ready to get that perfect, once in a lifetime shot.

This time of year I find that I use my lens filters even more than throughout the rest of the year. Colors abound everywhere I look, so I frequently want to make the most of them with color enhancing filters. Depending upon the color of my subject, I may want to emphasize warm colors with a warming filter or cool colors with a cooling filter. Occasionally, I will use a combination filter to emphasize both warm and cool colors. I find it’s fun to experiment with these lens filters.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

24 2017 Mar

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

I find that when I go through boxes of old photos in the attic or basement, I have to pause and dwell on those ones with the classic brown hue to them. You know the ones where everyone appears to be wearing brown, gray, or black clothing. Even the background frequently has a brownish tint.

I don’t know why I’m attracted to these photos, but I was amazed to find out that you can get a lens filter for your DSLR to emulate this look in present day photos. It’s called a Sepia lens filter, from the warm sepia effect characteristic of historical photography.

The Sepia effect can be applied in varying degrees, depending upon the strength of the filter used. And, yes! They can be purchased in sets, usually labeled A, B, C or 1, 2, 3.

Although rarely seen in anything other than competition photography today, the effects of a Sepia filter can be a lot of fun to experiment with. And these filters are not difficult or expensive to obtain. Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did! And won’t your friends be surprised when they see how they look in the photos you take of them.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!