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  1. jwsciontc

    jwsciontc TPF Noob!

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    I got a $50 card to ritz camera and am wondering what to get. They have filters there that i want to check out.

    So I LOVE shooting sunsets and rises. I was wondering if a filter would help produce better images. I was thinking a warming filter? I'm torn between this decision. I also like shooting in daytime at beaches and parks, like scenery, and a lot of water, was thinking a polarizer would help with these? Part of me wants to pick them up, and the other one just wants to stick to warming the colors and exposure in Photoshop.

    I also considered saving up for a nifty fifty, but it's 130 in the store which is beat.


    Any suggestions are welcome.
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Don't bother with coloured filtered ... you can do that in Photoshop.

    The circular polarizer is the one you should look at.
     
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    jwsciontc TPF Noob!

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    yeah they had a pakc of 2 tiffen ( i think) filters at ritz, one uv protector and a polarizer. the pack was only 25 bucks though so that made me feel pretty iffy
     
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    As it should. Cheap filters are a sure way to make crap photos. No spend it ALL on ONE polariser.

    Otherwise if you like sunrises and sunsets you may wish to look at a Cokin P holder and Graduated Neutral Density filter. But this could also be mimicked with a tripod, bracketing images, and photoshop to get more detail out of the shadows (no not damn photomatix).
     
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    yeah i always use a tripod when i go to them, i'm thinking either a neutral density or polarizer would work well, but then i feel that they can just be fixed in photoshop, or even flickr
     
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    There are two pretty much absolutes in Photoshop or any other post production software. 1. you can't recreate the effect that you get with the proper use of a good polarizing filter and 2. you can't fix blown highlights that you wouldn't have had if you had properly used a neutral density filter. Garbz assessment is correct if you are looking to shoot sunrises/sunsets.

    If you want to shoot silky flowing water photos you either have to carefully pick you time of day, early or late, or use a neutral density filter. For general landscape work a good polarizing filter can be very helpful. Keep in mind though that good filters are never cheap.
     
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    Another vote here for the Polarizer. You will use it the most.
     

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