Camera Filter Tips for Beginners

Meta Reviews When To Use Camera Filters For Beginners

The Best Camera Filters for Beginner Photographers

Know When To Use Camera Filters – In this Camera Filters Section of Photography Reviews, Meta Reviews The Best Camera Filters For Beginners.

Meta’s Recommended Camera Filters all have 4 to 5 Star Ratings on Amazon!

Meta’s Recommended Camera Filters include Ultraviolet Filters (UV Filters), Circular Polarizing Filters (CPL Filters) and Neutral Density Filters (ND Filters) – Fixed ND Filters and Variable ND Filters, plus Special Astrophotography Filters and Didymium Filters.

Meta Reviews When To Use Camera Filters – UV Filters – CPL Filters – ND Filters – Speciality Filters

UV Filters for Improving Sky Shots
UV Filters for Improving Sky Shots

UV Filters – Ultraviolet Filters

UV Filters are most often used as Lens Protection Filters. Some Photographers say Lens Protection Filters aren’t necessary, but over the years, Meta has purchased 3 damaged Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses, that could have been saved if they had some form of Lens Protection Filters installed (flat spots on the filter threads from being bumped, banged or scraped). They were all returned. Meta bought one Minolta AF Lens with a dented Skylight Filter, which appears to have saved the lens threads from getting damaged. Based on her Minolta Lens Buying experience, Meta is a strong believer in Lens Protection Filters. Installing a UV Filter is a lot cheaper than repairing or replacing an expensive Camera Lens.

You can test a UV Filter by looking for any dark reflections behind you – there shouldn’t be any dark reflections.

CPL Filters – Circular Polarizer Filters

CPL Filters are an essential item in every Photographer’s camera bag. CPL Filters dramatically deepen blue skies, reduce unwanted reflections on nonmetallic surfaces and saturate colors, especially when used outdoors. CPL Filters are rotated (always rotate clockwise as not to loosen it) to dial in the desired polarization effect.

Meta uses a CPL UV Filter as her Primary Lens Protection, due to the High-Transparency Rate and UV Protection in one filter. Even when shooting Hummingbirds, there are still tiny reflections in the Hummingbird’s feathers that can benefit from a CPL Filter.

You can test a CPL Filter by rotating it in front of your LCD TV, LCD Computer Screen or Laptop Screen, which emits polarized light. It should go totally dark when rotated. This test doesn’t work on iPhones or iPads.

Photography Tips Many Professional Photographers leave a High-Transparency CPL Filter on their Camera most the time, especially if they shoot in bright sunlight. Think of CPL Filters as Sunglasses for your Camera. Meta’s Rule of Thumb – If you need sunglasses, so does your Camera.

ND Filters – Neutral Density Filters – For Shooting Long Exposures

ND Filters are often sold as a Set of Three ND Filters: NDX2, 0.3 (1 Stop), NDX4, 0.6 (2 Stop), and NDX8, 0.9 (3 Stop). ND Filters are used to eliminate overly bright and washed out images and to control Long Exposures and Depth of Field.

Meta uses Fixed ND Filters for Long Exposures, such as Waterfall Photography, when shooting 1/2 to 2 second Long Exposures. Meta also uses Variable ND Filters which are very handy when the light is constantly changing, like when shooting Sunrises and Sunsets.

You can test a ND Filters by placing it on a bright white sheet of paper. It should be neutral gray without any color tinting.

Refer to the Long Exposure ND Filters Table






Photography TipsMeta’s ND Filter Photography Field Kit attaches to the back of her Camera Bag. This Modular Configuration is used only for her Waterfall Photography and contains a set of 49mm and 55mm ND Filters, plus Variable ND Filters in both sizes. When Remote Hiking, you never know when you will come across a Waterfall, and need a ND Filter to smooth it out.

Meta Uses HOYA Camera Filters

Meta uses premium HOYA HD3 Filters. HOYA is Japan’s first specialty manufacturer of optical glass and the world’s largest manufacturer of optical glass and filters.

If you’re just starting out in the world of Camera Filters, HOYA sells a Digital Filter Kit II, which contains one UV Filter, one CPL Filter and one NDX8, 3 Stop ND Filter, in a Handy Filter Pouch. Buy one Filter Kit Size for each Lens Diameter.

HOYA 49mm Digital Filter Kit II
HOYA 55mm Digital Filter Kit II
HOYA 72mm Digital Filter Kit II
HOYA 77mm Digital Filter Kit II

HOYA Filter Kit Information


Where To Buy The Best HOYA Camera Filters


Photography TipsBeware of Couterfeit Camera Filters – Meta used to use Tiffen Filters, until she noticed Typos and Spelling Mistakes on their exterior packaging labels, which is highly suspicious of Fake Counterfeit Camera Filters. She reported this issue to Tiffen, who simply replied “They were aware of the issue”. Meta returned all of her Tiffen Filters for a refund.

Meta Reviews Circular Polarizing Filters

Review of Hoya HD3 Filters

Circular Polarizer Filters – CPL Filters

HOYA HD3 CPL Filters are used to control reflections, provide more vivid colors, darken blue skies and reduce glare without changing the color of the light. HOYA HD3 CPL Filters use a premium high transmission polarizing film that yields 40% greater light transmission than standard CPL films. This translates to an additional 2/3rds of a stop of light passing through the filter for an overall 92% light transmission rate. Lifetime Limited Warranty when purchased from a USA Authorized Retailer.

HOYA 49mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
HOYA 55mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
HOYA 72mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
HOYA 77mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter

HOYA HD3 CPL Filter Information

Meta Reviews Ultraviolet Filters or Lens Protection Filters

Ultraviolet Filters – UV Filters

HOYA HD3 UV Filters are primarily used on Cameras as Lens Protection Filters, but they can also reduce harmful ultraviolet light and eliminate any bluish cast in images. Meta keeps a UV Filter on each of her Camera Lenses. HOYA HD3 UV Filters are multi-coated yielding 99.7% light transmission. Lifetime Limited Warranty when purchased from a USA Authorized Retailer.

HOYA 49mm HD3 UV Filter
HOYA 55mm HD3 UV Filter
HOYA 72mm HD3 UV Filter
HOYA 77mm HD3 UV Filter

HOYA HD3 UV Filter Information

Meta Reviews Neutral Density Filters

Neutral Density Filters – ND Filters

HOYA ND Filters are typically sold as a Set of Three Fixed Neutral Density Filters: NDX2, 0.3 (1 Stop) Filter, NDX4, 0.6 (2 Stop) Filter, and NDX8, 0.9 (3 Stop) Filter. The 3 Stop ND Filter is commonly used for Waterfall Photography to smooth out waterfalls.

HOYA ND Filters can be used to eliminate overly bright and washed out images and to control Long Exposures and Depth of Field. ND Filters are commonly used by Videographers when shooting at 1/50th of a second shutter speed in bright light.

HOYA 49mm ND Filter Kit
HOYA 72mm ND Filter Kit
HOYA 77mm ND Filter Kit

HOYA ND Filter Kit Information


HOYA SOLAS Professional IRND Filters – Neutral Density Filters play an important role for Professional Filmmakers and Professional Photographers because they allow you to precisely control the amount of light passing through the lens for greater creative control over exposure. For Professional Videographers, this means shutter speeds that match your video frame rate while maintaining the depth of field you require. For landscape photographers, it means you can reach longer exposures or achieve a shallow depth of field in bright sunlight. The HOYA Professional IRND Filters out the IR part of the light spectrum combined with a High Quality Neutral Density Filter. The result is a ND Filter that maintains consistent color from 1 stop to 10 stops.

HOYA SOLAS IRND Filter Information


HOYA Variable ND Filters – HOYA Variable Neutral Density Filters can take the place of a wide range of Fixed ND Filters, which saves money by only needing to buy one filter and saves time on location by not needing to change filters constantly to change the effect, just turn the right to get the effect you want. The HOYA Variable Neutral Density filter puts you in control of your exposures. Filter adjusts from 1.5–9 stops or NDX3–NDX400.

HOYA 55mm Variable ND Filter
HOYA 72mm Variable ND Filter
HOYA 77mm Variable ND Filter

HOYA Variable ND Filter Information

Meta Reviews Didymium Filters To Reduce Urban Light Pollution

“Keep Looking Up” Video Shot With Hoya RA54 Red Enhancer Astrophotography Filter

Astrophotography Filters – Red Enhancer Filters – Didymium Filters

HOYA RA54 Red Enhancer Filters or Didymium Filters are commonly used to Shoot Astrophotography and Night Photography. Didymium Filters greatly reduce the effects of Urban Light Pollution, by neutralizing the Yellow in Sodium Vapor Street Lights. (Photo: Left).

The Award Winning Film (Video: Top), “Keep Looking Up”, a night sky time lapse film, was filmed entirely using a HOYA RA54 Red Enhancer Filter!

HOYA 49mm Red Enhancer Filter
HOYA 55mm Red Enhancer Filter
HOYA 72mm Red Enhancer Filter
HOYA 77mm Red Enhancer Filter

HOYA Red Enhancer Filter Information

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