Unless you’re a hardened landscape photographer, there’s a good chance that you simply don’t use filters if you’re shooting digitally. Chris Niccolls of DPReview makes a strong case for why there are four types of filter that should possibly still be in your gear bag.
Personally, I went through a long phase of shooting with a polarising filter, loving the deep blues that it gave me in skies, even occasionally turning them close too black. Fortunately, I’ve since moved on, but this is the one filter that still comes with me on my bigger trips, just in case there are reflections on buildings that I want to control. But for skies, it’s a thing of the past: dynamic range is so good these days that skies that feel too bright in camera can easily be tamed in post.
Niccolls doesn’t delve too far into the seemingly endless UV filter debate, but his conclusion on the matter seems fairly sensible, and as someone who’s constantly paranoid about dropping a lens mid-change, I’m wondering if I should grab myself a few.
You can catch up on the thoughts of Fstoppers own Alex Coleman's take on two filters that every photographer should own, and if you're trying to get your head around graduated ND filters, check out this article from Nando Harmsen.
Do you still use filters as much as you used to? Do they still have a regular place in your camera bag? Let us know in the comments below.
Image thumbnail by Christian Fregnan.