Using UV Filters – Here you go!

UV rays – as the name goes ultraviolet rays are rays from sun that affects not only our skin in our day to day to life but also affects our looks in the images clicked! It is very important for a photographer to accessorize his camera with a UV filter. Images clicked under natural UV rays give a blurry image to the pictures. UV filters have many effects as it helps to give a better look to the images, Improves contrast, minimize wear and tear of the camera etc. these filters can be installed easily and are easily accessible. It however creates a boundary between the camera lenses and the object. Use a multicoated UV filter if you use the filter all the time. It is therefore very important to know when where and how to use UV filters!

The filter on the camera is to be cleaned every now and then. Use a clean dust free cloth to clean the lens of the camera so that the dust particles do not stay behind. Otherwise the dust particles will damage the lens of the camera. Once you are through with the cleaning process you now got to fix the filter in the camera lens tightly.


Using UV filters on hazy and cloudy days can be of great help! Capturing images on a cloudy day gets difficult as the UV rays get disseminated by the air. Hence the camera gets revealed to larger quantity of UV rays leading in inadequate contrast. UV filters is again an answer to this problem. Use it and see the difference!

When you use a UV filter in your camera you are likely to create a boundary line between your camera’s detectors and the depicted object which will affect the quality of images. It is advisable to remove the filters if so. To see the difference it’s advisable to first click images when the weather is clear. You will surely end up clicking good picture even without the UV filter. But if you don’t want to go without a filter then you can go for a filter which is multicoated. But wait! If you are purchasing a digital camera you really don’t need these filters as digital cameras get very less affected by the UV rays.

Now this is again important! Don’t go without a filer if you really worry about your camera’s well being. Using a filter will reduce the wear and tear of your camera. This filter will help you in preventing your camera from dust, scratches etc. which in turn will give you better quality pictures it will help in adding life to your camera. Using UV filter for black and white photography will also help!

Effects of UV Filters

When you buy a camera you promise yourself to keep it with utmost care. Filters help you in keeping that promise. We have all heard about ultraviolet rays, its effect on our skin. We use sunscreens to protect our skin against these rays. Similarly ultra violet rays have a great role in effecting the photography. To protect our photographs from these rays we use UV filters.

An Scene with and without UV Filter

An important accessory for any photographer is UV filter. UV filters are also known with some other names like skylight filters or protectors. A very obvious thing about camera is that it somehow gets scratches on the lenses. UV filters masters in upcoming these wear and tear of the camera. To avoid such kind of damages you can rely on these filters all the time. At times when there is a strong source of light these filters enclose lenses flare, thereby producing an untoward effect on the contrast and sharpness of the images. So one should use filters with optical coating.

All roses come with thorns! And UV filters are no exception. When you use a UV filter in your camera you are likely to create a boundary line between your camera’s detectors and the depicted object which will affect the quality of the picture. An alternate to using the UV filter is that you can wipe the lenses of you camera with a clean cloth every now and then. But the cloth has to be dust free otherwise it will leave behind the dust particles in the lenses of the camera. You can also opt for lens hoods. However it is yet believed that if the UV filter you are using has no visible wavelength cuts then the images won’t get affected in terms of quality.

UV filters can affect night photography (see image below). The only time to notice the difference in using the UV filters at night. Flares can be easily noticed at night as background is darker. It is difficult to see these flares during the day.

Using or not using UV filters should depend upon an individual depending upon the effect they want to give to their images. An individual himself is the best guide for him. Moreover with time the more you experience your camera the more you’ll come to know the pros and cons of using filters. Filters reduce wear and tear of your camera lens. But with age and experience you can handle your camera without them too!

Fluorescent Filters

Colored filters helps in making correction to the images captured in terms of tones, contrast, half clear photographs, change exposure, add a visual effect and so on. Similarly when fluorescent lightning is present, fluorescent filters helps to adjust the greenish look that comes out of it. Human eye does not have the potential to make out the difference in color temperature set out by the florescent lights and therefore dealing with fluorescent light is a big nuisance.

Fluorescent light doesn’t have a lot of red, instead inanimate colors are found in these lights. Colors like greens and blues can be seen in it. As a result, when you take a closer look at your pictures you will notice that it has made some changes to your photographs which you never expected! Now you need a solution. The right compounding of filter into film is needed to mend the situation. The menu of a digital camera offers a number of options like white balance, flash icon up, sun icon up etc.

when you put that florescent icon on you will notice that it helps in giving your pictures a natural look. It will correct all the color errors seen in your images. Correct combination of filter to film is all what you need. Remember! Different combination is required for different situation. The sparkle in the room is generally culled up by the black and white film. Whereas colors will be baffled off if you use color filters. To guide yourself about the details it is better you go to the storekeeper of a photograph store. He’ll be the best guide for you. He’ll help you in giving all the details as to which filter to use with what combinations. It is very important to determine the right compounding of filter to film to mend the trouble with fluorescent lightning.