What is your favorite basic filter?

10 years 1 month ago #137480 by Stealthy Ninja

Screamin Scott wrote:

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Honestly you only really need the following:
Circular Polarizer.
Grad ND of some kind (you can try different ones)
ND (different stops for different effects).

Everything else can be done in post.


I would add an IR pass filter like a Hoya R72 as the IR in photoshop just doesn't cut it (provided you don't have a DSLR with a strong anti -aliasing filter that is...)


True mate, if you wanna do that sorta shot.

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10 years 1 month ago #137607 by MLKstudios
All photo tools are personal choices. After you learn the camera, then you'll know if you need a macro, or a polarizer, or a tripod, or a telephoto lens, or a wide angle lens, or a bigger bag, or whatever. Let those things evolve.

Buying new gear doesn't automatically make your pictures better. Learning to use what you have already will.

Matthew :)

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MLK Studios Photography School
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"Every artist, was once an amateur"

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10 years 1 month ago #137630 by Stealthy Ninja

MLKstudios wrote: All photo tools are personal choices. After you learn the camera, then you'll know if you need a macro, or a polarizer, or a tripod, or a telephoto lens, or a wide angle lens, or a bigger bag, or whatever. Let those things evolve.

Buying new gear doesn't automatically make your pictures better. Learning to use what you have already will.

Matthew :)


Not if your a paparazzi who NEEDS the grainy shots of Paris (the futatrix, not the city) then that 800mm lens your magazine buys you will help better real fast.

I actually agree. Even I'll go so far as to say a new lens will make you worse (till you learn to use it that is).

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10 years 1 month ago - 10 years 1 month ago #137639 by MLKstudios
This is an old saying by Paul Strand (pre-digital of course):

"One camera, one lens and one film"

What he meant was, anything else is a distraction to your photography.

While I understand his point, and it should be considered. I also think you can be more creative with the right tools (ex. lenses). But the tools YOU need, may not be the same tools someone else needs.

The gear you choose along the way affects your shooting style, and vis-versa. For example, after you buy a macro (for something specific you want to do with it), you'll end up taking more close up pictures. Same is true for any other focal length. It changes how YOU see the world around you.

:)

Matthew L Kees
MLK Studios Photography School
www.MLKstudios.com
[email protected]
"Every artist, was once an amateur"

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10 years 1 month ago #137643 by Stealthy Ninja
Yeh true. Like Scotty would love a 35 1.4. Me I'd go for a 24 1.4. Each person should choose what THEY need.

I NEED a 200-400 f/4

Anyone feeling the NEED to buy me one drop me a line. :)

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