Camera filter options
Back in the days of film, filters were essential for creating any kind of special effect. Although we now have digital filters available in photo editing software like Photoshop, traditional filters still have their place.
Nothing quite beats the satisfaction and convenience of getting a picture right in-camera, and there are four types of optical camera filters whose effects are time-consuming – or almost impossible – to recreate in Photoshop: circular polariser, Neutral Density (ND), graduated Neutral Density (ND grad) and protective.
These essential filters come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from small squares of gel that slot into the back of some lenses to circular screw-in and larger square or rectangular filters that sit in front of a lens.
Prices for camera filters vary too, from inexpensive options manufactured by companies such as Kood, to high-end filters from the likes of Tiffen and Hasselblad.
For most of us, the stand-out names in the market are Hoya for circular screw-in filters and both Cokin and Lee, who dominate the market for square/rectangular versions.
Resin vs glass
Resin filters are cheaper and lighter than glass ones, but are more prone to scratches. On the other hand, glass filters can be very expensive and less robust. Treat both types in the same way that you treat the front element of your camera lens, and they’ll last for years.