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

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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.

3 Key Categories

The easiest way to understand the world of filters is to group them by function. Almost every filter falls under one of the following three categories:

Chromatic, Non-Chromatic, and Special Effect.

Simply Put

  • Chromatic (color) filters are used to change, alter, or balance the color content of light. Chromatic filters include several subgroups 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 or modify the behavior or intensity of light. This group includes polarizers, NDs, UV-absorbing, low contrast, and optical flats.

  • 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: diffusion, mists, frosts, fogs, star effects, streak effects, center clears, diopters, and multi-image attachments.