Special-Effect filters  are used to change or modify the physical aspects of the image.This category is quite diverse and includes  many intriguing groups: diffusions, mists, frosts, low cons, fogs, star effects, center clears, diopters, and multi-image attachments. 

3 Key Categories

Simply Put  

Chromatic (color) filters  are used to change, alter, or balance the color content of light. Chromatic filters include several sub  groups all of which affect color in some  way or another: color compensating,  color conversion, color enhancing,  color balancing, and  black-&-white  contrast effects.


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Non-Chromatic  filters are used to change, enhance, or modify the behavior or intensity of light.   This group includes: polarizers, NDs, UV-absorbing, and optical flats. 


Camera F I L T E R S 

The  more you know about camera filters, the more you will understand the characteristics of light and the more you will understand the relationship between the two.


The  easiest way to understand the world of filters is to group them by function. Almost every filter falls under one of the following 3 categories: 
ChromaticNon-Chromatic, and  
Special Effect.

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Introduction to Camera Filters

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The Filter Gallery takes great satisfaction in helping you to learn about the enormous range of photographic filters and how they can help improve, enhance, and tailor your images.