What Filters are Best for for Black and White photography

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  1. zeppelin390

    zeppelin390 TPF Noob!

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    I am mainly interested in taking B&W pictures, and am not sure if there are certain filters that are specifically used for just B&W purposes
     
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    This should answer your question.
     
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    the main field i work in is traditional B&W work
    each filter does a different thing to images
    try doing some research into the uses for the filters
    (polarizer, red, orange, yellow, green) there is loads of info accross the net and is work reading
    if you start to understand these you will probably find a couple of filters that you favor ontop of the others for the kind of B&W work your doing
    dont know if this helps but it depends what you want out of your filter i.e. contrast detail etc.
     
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    Yes, coloured filters can help with black and white film photography tremendously. But if you're using a digital, it's much easier to do this with a channel mixer in the post work.

    For film cameras, I forget which coloured filters are best for which application, but I think yellow was the most common filter for general black and white shooting. It really depends on the colour of the thing you're shooting though.
     

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