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 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!