Common filter mistakes photographers make (and how to avoid them)

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Photography filters, the unsung heroes of the camera bag, have been around almost as long as photography itself. They are essential tools that can control, manipulate and improve the light that reaches your camera's sensor in a way that even the best post-production techniques can't replicate. Depending on their design and purpose, filters can protect your lens, reduce glare and reflections, amplify colours, smooth out skies and perform many other valuable functions.

There are several types of filters, each with a distinct purpose. For example, polarizing filters reduce reflections and enhance saturation, particularly in the sky. Neutral density (ND) filters, on the other hand, reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor, allowing for slower shutter speeds or wider apertures. UV filters are used primarily for lens protection, while graduated ND filters transition from dark at the top to clear at the bottom, assisting in balancing exposure within a frame.

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