Filters question {Fujifilm s5500}

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  1. Big Stu

    Big Stu TPF Noob!

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    So, my mother-in-law, on the advice of a friend, purchased a 28 piece filter set from ebay for my s5500, only costing me £65 so for starters, by no way am i accepting any outstanding quality, just "adequate" as a friend put it to me.

    Problem being, i know nothing about filters and what they can achieve, sine i'm very new to doing "proper" digital photography. The filters included are...

    5 image filter
    3 image filter
    8 flair star filter
    4 flair star filter
    Soft filter
    Sand filter
    +1 close up
    +2 close up
    +4 close up
    +10 close up
    Diffuse filter
    Duto diffuser filter
    Soften diffuser filter
    Special soften diffuser
    Red filter
    Orange filter
    Yellow filter
    Green filter
    Sky blue filter
    Rainbow filter
    Sepia filter
    Linear polarize filter
    Florescent filter
    Safety filter
    Two field filter
    ND filter
    Double exposer filter
    Veri cross filter

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    What i was hoping...is whether someone could possibly take the time to list the different functions/possibilities each lense will allow me?

    Apologies to those who've let off the biggest groans imagineable when they saw my question!
     
  2. cosmonaut

    cosmonaut No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I don't know the conversion to US dollars but it sounds like a bargian. You can google each one and find out what they do. But I bet in the long run you will only use a few.........
     
  3. Big Stu

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    Yeah i think you're right, i can't imagine finding a use for each and every one, but hopefully for an utter beginner like me, they'll do the job just for now!

    And it works out at $120 :)
     
  4. cosmonaut

    cosmonaut No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    One really good filter can cost close to that alone. Depending one the quality. Try this guys web site. He is an amazing photographer and explains what filters he uses and why. The main to get are polorizers, I almost never take mine off. Even with night shots....
    http://www.garryblack.com/filters.htm
     
  5. Big Stu

    Big Stu TPF Noob!

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    Excellent stuff, just the sort of thing i've been looking for!

    Thank you!
     
  6. W.Smith

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    What are you polarizing at night, cosmo?
     
  7. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Nobody uses that many filters. You need one good circular polarizer and that's it.
     
  8. cosmonaut

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    Night lighting creats all kinds of unwanted glare, HID lighting produces some of the same unwanted UV rays as the sun. I used a polorizer on this one to kill some of this glare off of the lightpoles at the bottom of this clock. I shot this picture twice once with and once without and the polorized was the best....
    Good point to Doc. A polarizer will pretty much covers it for most....
    Cosmo
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  9. ladyphotog

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    Those are some great filters but you will only use a few as the others have said. You do need to add a circular polarizer to your collection. I use that 99% of the time. The red, orange, yellow and green are usually used with B&W and they deepen or darken the sky like a polarizer does in color. The star filter, only use the 4 not the 8 is good for anything that has reflections on it or with candles, it can also be used for portraits when you want just a little softness to the face. The diffusers are just that, they will diffuse whatever you are shooting, really good for portraits of women and weddings. The close up are self explainatory. You should shoot the same thing with each of the diffuser filters and it will show you what it will do. Hope that helps.
     
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    -well if your shooting digital...and even then...

    The colored filters are used for black and white photography. Red enhances contrast and darkens a blue sky...or any blue color.
    all the color filtere effects for Black and white photography can be duplicated in photoshop. ND filters cut out light so they can be useful if you wana get a longer shutter speed. Linier polarizer is only used on a manualfocus lens.


    the other stuff im not familiar with
     
  11. Big Stu

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    Thanks for the help everyone, it really is appreciated!

    Before the purchase was made, we did a check on the sellers feedback, and this item has been sold several times, and each has had a glowing review :)
     
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    Well I need some plain ND filters, ND grads (hard and soft transition in 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9), warm ups (81b and 81c), cool downs, red filter for b+w, IR filter AND one good circular polarizer... but then I am a film dinosaur ;)
     

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