guide to lens filters

The Easy Guide to Filters for your Portfolio

Let’s protect that shiny new lens of yours!

But, let’s make sure you’re using the right filter for the right job. There are several popular types of filter out there for you to choose from. And even though all will protect your lens, not all of them will enhance your photographs. Some of them will downright hinder your end result – not as bad as putting diesel in a petrol car, but you get the idea!

If you know what type of photography you want to specialise in, then the list below will be helpful straight away.

If you’re still not sure, or are considering a change from the specialty you’re currently in, why not check out the The Happy Creative Book – designed with your happiness & success in mind, and with worksheets & questions to help you curate all the answers you want.

guide to lens filters

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The 4 main types of filter

Take yourself off to any camera store or browse online, and you’ll come across 4 main types of filter to use on your lens.

The filter doesn’t depend on any particular brand of lens you’re using. Only on the size of the lens thread (essentially the size of the front diameter) and the choice of filter should relate to the sort of photographs you’ll be taking.

I’m not going to talk about ‘warming’ filters or colour filters here. Yes, you can buy them, but typically you’ll probably prefer to edit these kinds of colours into the photograph in post-production as opposed to when you’re taking the shot.

Check out the go-to chart below – and please Pin or share if you think it might help others too x

the best lens filters to use

A few questions to ask yourself

  • What type of photo will you be taking most days? If in doubt, opt for a UV filter for the time being, which is still a great filter for all purposes.
  • What’s your lens thread size? You can find this on any buying page guide for your lens, or by going to the manufacturer’s site. Some common thread sizes are 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 72mm.
  • As I say, you can use any of these filters on any lens you’d like, as long as it will fit.
  • If you’ve got a zoom lens, try a polarizing or a UV
  • And you might be able to find a pack of filters for a good price that you can interchange. Polaroid usually do good deals for example.

Let me know what filter you opt for, and what you’re currently photographing to boost your portfolio. I always love hearing about your progress!

With my happy photo love


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