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      03-27-2006, 12:18 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm new to photography and just wanted some advice about filters to get
for my FZ30 camera. I've been reading about different types and i
understand what they do but what i'm confused about is sizes. I need a
protection filter and a graduated filter for contrast fixing between sky
and ground.

Which ones should I get?

Thanks in advance.

Dan
 
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      03-28-2006, 11:46 AM
Thank you very much Kent, that was just want i needed to know. I'll add
a polarizing filter to my list too. I'm trying to get as much info
about thing before I go to shops/online and make a wrong choice.

To answer Dibley's question, yes the camera has some options to adjust
your picture using built in effects but they are not available when you
shoot in Raw. Also if the sky is washed out because you are metering for
foreground you can't do much about that even photoshop work won't fix
everything. Plus it's a lot more fun with filters

Thanks again

Dan



Kent Clarke wrote:
> In article <4427d811$0$8333$(E-Mail Removed)>,
> Dan <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I'm new to photography and just wanted some advice about filters to get
>> for my FZ30 camera. I've been reading about different types and i
>> understand what they do but what i'm confused about is sizes. I need a
>> protection filter and a graduated filter for contrast fixing between sky
>> and ground.
>>
>> Which ones should I get?

>
> Your camera takes 55mm filters.
> A polarizing filter is pretty indispensible if you do outdoor shooting
> on sunny days, to reduce glare and darken the sky. For starting out, you
> don't need to spend a lot on it. Or, if you take the long view, get a
> good multicoated one because you'll probably have it for longer than the
> camera.
>
> If you shoot where salt spray, dust, etc. are blowing, then one of the
> IR or clear 'protection' filters can reduce lens cleaning.
>
> They make screw-on neutral grads, but nobody stocks them around here, so
> I guess it's an order item. You often want to shift the density gradient
> up or down to block just the bright overcast sky or snow, so I don't
> know if a fixed one would be as useful as the Cokin filter holder
> system. I use the latter for video, which seems to need it more, but the
> FZ30 has reasonable latitude. I'd hold off on the ND grad until you get
> more practice with the camera.
>
> Photoshop Elements has more software filters than any one mortal needs,
> so this would be my main recommendation after the polarising filter.

 
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