I know I’ve already done one post on filters but I figured I do another more in-depth one because I recently had two rolls processed that came out a lot better than before.
I picked up a set of eight colored filters off of eBay for $50. The set had green, blue, red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and grey (for those black and whites). So, pretty much a nice rainbow of photo fun. The filter size I purchased with my 50mm lens in mind was 58mm and a step-up ring that was 55-58mm. The step-up ring is just a plain ring that screws onto your lens that enables the filters to fit. If I didn’t have a step-up ring, the filters wouldn’t be able to screw onto the lens. That was around $5.
When I first attempted this I was disappointed with the level of color saturation the filters produced on the film. I was using Fuji Superia film which normally produces vibrant color. This time however, I started stacking the like colors together which produced a very vibrant result in combination with the Fuji Superia.
To answer a question I know I’ll get…YES. YOU CAN USE THESE ON DIGITAL CAMERAS. The ring size is the only thing that really matters. To be honest, I’d much rather use these on my film cameras because film is often unpredictable, so adding another factor just makes the surprise even better. Color filters can be added on to both film and digital photos in post processing but I like the thought of the color being in the shot in real time. The position of the sun really changes how the color will look.
Here are a few of my photos from yesterday afternoon in my hometown. I live close to the water and docks and these photos are little snapshots of my daily life.
Hope these shed some light onto what filters used on camera and on film look like! You can get more saturated filters for a higher price but I chose these as test subjects and they didn’t do too bad once they were stacked. For this set I used my new Canon A-1 and Fuji Superia Film and some Kodak Portra film, both 400iso.
Processing was done by Ritz camera.
******Oh and shameless plug here, if you’re interested in what I’ve been doing in the digital world of photojournalism check out my latest photo story here! It’s on the First Annual Running of the Bulls in America along with a Tomato Royale fight!