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Careful use of filters with black and white photography can add a whole new dimension.

Photo: Charlie Waite

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To use filters for black and white photography, you need to think differently.

A filter will lighten any colour that is similar to its own, and darken other colours.

A red filter, for instance, will make a red post box show as almost white, and a blue sky as almost black, as the relevant colours are either transmitted or absorbed.

Green filters are popular for lightening foliage or grass, and blue filters are often used to enhance skin tones and texture for portraiture, as they will darken pinks and reds.

Filter Effects
  • Unfiltered

  • Unfiltered

  • LEE 3

    3 Light Yellow

    Absorbs blue. Darkens sky, cloud and foliage.

  • LEE 11

    11 Yellow Green

    Absorbs red. Lightens foliage and grass, darkens reds.

  • LEE 21

    21 Orange

    Absorbs blue and blue/green.

  • LEE 23a

    23A Light Red

    Absorbs blue/ green. Dramatically lightens reds and darkens blues and greens.

LEE Filters Sossusvlei
Charlie Waite
Namibia, Africa

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Infrared Filter

The Infrared filter can create unique results by dramatically lightening green foliage. It can be used with Infrared film or digital.

The LEE 87 Infrared Filter is visually opaque and is used in infrared photography to absorb unwanted visible light. Transmission begins above 730 nanometers.

Please note that some digital cameras are not capable of Infrared photography without specialist conversion. Your dealer, or the camera manufacturer should be able to advise correctly for your particular model.

LEE Infrared 87
John Gravett

Taken on a very windy day using the LEE Infrared filter on the D100, I was trying to get a feel of the movement of the clouds through the sky.

The long exposure needed with the 87 filter allowed a shutter speed of 5 seconds, which was long enough to show movement in the clouds, but still short enough to preserve sufficient sharpness in the leaves of the tree, slightly sheltered in the valley.

Using infrared also lightened the foliage of the tree against a much darker sky, the tonal range of the colour shot, with a dark tree against a lighter sky, was less exciting.

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Polarising filters are used primarily to reduce reflections. This can be useful when photographing skies, water, glass etc.


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The System

  • Adaptor Ring

    screws onto camera lens

  • Filter Holder

    attaches to the adaptor ring

  • LEE Filter

    slides into the filter holder

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