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Old 20-12-2008, 12:53   #1 (permalink)
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Always thought it was better to get it right in the camera than trying to do it with editing software, I've been studying a book on the editing software i use & have come across a section about filters, it says more or less if your using Cokin filters that the editing software can do this more or less the same as the attached filter, there's a choice of different named filters that you can use so what do yous do?
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Old 20-12-2008, 14:00   #2 (permalink)
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Must admit to doing it PP in PS - if I had the filters I probably wouldn't bother trying to put them on in the (usually) freezing conditions! Having said that, I do use a CP, seeing as it's pretty difficult to reproduce it's effect in PS.

Maybe one day I'll get around to getting some ND Grads (the only filter I'm ever likely to need)
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Old 20-12-2008, 17:15   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Simpbow, I use a 2X ND on my IR camera,,,even though people say it dosen't work with IR, I think it changes the white contrast just a little . I tried taking it off and it felt different, it changed the way my histogram worked and my style that I have,. I use a CP and have a diffuser that works for certain pictures...I feel now that you have to have a personal drive to work with filters,,,I have one thing I want to try with ND filters and a CP with color, that is very long exposures. I read about it and haven't forgot, just haven't done anything about it. I don't feel like using the color filters in PS really does anything for me. I keep thinking that their is something out there waiting for me to discover if I keep fooling around with the ones I have.
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The only filters I use (occasionally!) are a polariser and a couple of ND-grads - all Cokin P-series.
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Re: Filters.

I sometimes use a polarising filter or IR filter because you cannot deal with these in Photoshop but I do not normally use a filter for anything else. I only shoot Raw so minor adjustments are easily accommodated. With film and B&W you might decide to use a yellow filter. With digital you may as well capture in colour and make any relative tonal adjustments later using multi-channel mixer for B&W conversion and selective tonal adjustments as needed. You can still produce other variations including colour. I also find tone mapping or Raw file editing more effective than ND Gard filters.

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All interesting, why am asking is i don't like using the effect in PS, i think its better in the camera, what i do use is all that you've mention but the IR that Boofers uses, but what i have seen & like very much is an effect used with the Cokin FLW filter also available in a grad, gonna try this out next year has anyone tried this using this filter.?
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I have read that for digital camera's a custom white balance works best over the FLW filter. Years ago I made my self learn custom white balance, I am very happy I did now,,,I remember to adjust it on time
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Thanx for that Boofers that's a MUST DO.
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