Effect filter - a creative and design tool
What is an effects filter?Filters are made from glass or plastic materials, which are then placed in front of the camera lens. In photography, a camera filter is a device that filters out unwanted parts. Camera filters aim to improve the image recordings in an extraordinary way. RMS filters are a specific filter function. An effect is a desired or unintended effect. Accordingly, effect filters have a conscious effect on camera recordings. The effects are used as a design tool to give the recordings a certain effect. This is why effect filters are also called creative filters.
In addition to effecting effects and alienating images, there are other important filter functions. Some are used as lens protection, while others can correct optical effects or enhance colors. As well as there are some that have an impact on the exposure. In particular, the saturation, UV light and contrasts are modified using creative filters. But in times of image processing, the question arises as to whether creative filters are a useful or unnecessary tool. Due to the immediately visible image result, the creative filters have a clear advantage over image processing. This makes it easier to make changes and make image statements faster.
How is a filter attached?The filters are attached to the camera lens either by screws or via magnetism. The effect filters can be used regardless of which camera is used. Only the diameter of the lens and that of the filter must match.
What are the main filters?The following filters are the most common filters. The polarizing filter and the ND filter are fundamental for photographers. The basic filters used in photography include:
- UV filter/ skylight filter/ UV blocking filter
- Polarizing filter/poling filter
- Neutral density filter/ ND filter/ gray filter
- color filter
- effect filter
- infrared filter
- optical special filters
What creative filters are there?Photography is there to let your creativity run free. With the help of various effect filters, your pictures get an extravagant touch. The following overview is intended to show the different variations of creative filters. The most well-known creative filters include:
- Mirror effect Filter
- Star Filter
- Streak Blue Filter
- Black Mist Effect Filter
- Dream Effect Fog Mist Filter
- Graduated Filter
- Soft focus
- Rainbow filter
Mirror Effect Filter
This turns classic motifs into real eye-catchers. With the Kase Mirror Mirror Effect Filter, you can achieve the fascinating mirror effect without any subsequent image processing. In addition, bokeh effects are created due to the rear reflection, which is another eye-catcher. Bokeh Effects translates to blurred or out of focus and creates a blurred background. This is a natural blur in the background so that the main subject is in focus. Blurring is not to be understood negatively here, but is an image design element. As with sharpness, the quality of the blur plays an important role. The bokeh effect can be used as a playful tool and draws attention to the main subject. Bokeh effects are also used by photographers as a common stylistic device and are particularly effective in close-ups.
The star filter is one of the classics among the creative filters and gives any recording a glamorous atmosphere. This shapes lights into a star pattern and creates impressive photo shots. Star-shaped light reflections make the recordings appear brighter, the glow of the light source is intensified and they stand out from the background. Other designations for the star filter include grid filter or cross filter. In star reflection, a distinction is made between 4, 8 and 16 rays.
This effect is best seen in night photography. Street lanterns or candles are ideal light sources to make the stars shine. The motifs must be point light sources, otherwise the effect will not come into its own. Linear light sources such as laptop screens, on the other hand, are unsuitable. In addition, the aperture should be fully open and the focal length should not be less than 50mm. With the ROUND Magnetic Star Burst Filter from Kase, you can take extravagant photos. At the same time, the filter combines the advantages of speed and quality. Fast installation is possible via magnetism and the filter is protected from scratches thanks to the stable glass.
Streak Blue Effect Filter
This filter is for all those who want to create a stunning effect on their pictures. Streak filters have an anamorphic lens with optical stripes colored in different colors. The optical stripes are always aligned parallel on the recordings. The filter is now available in many colors, including a rainbow-colored streak filter. The Kase streak effect filter is a blue colored filter. Streak effect filters come in different strengths. Depending on the strength, the end result changes. The streak filter should be used with round or oval light sources with an exposure time of 20 seconds so that the effect is effective. The creative filter is available as a magnetic model or for screwing. Convince yourself of our classic model, the Streak Blue screw-in effect filter, or the newer version via magnetism, the ROUND Magnetic Streak Blue Effect Filter.
The circular rotatability of Kase's Streak Blue filters allows the lens flare to be changed according to individual preferences. The direction of the streaks and lens flare are changed by rotating the filter. Thus, the recordings can be individually adjusted. Lens flare is lens reflection that gives your images an artistic nuance. They arise as soon as the light source hits the camera lens. As a result, the light source appears much brighter in the images than the rest of the image.
Black Mist Effect Filter
The filter gives your shots a blurry effect, also known as the fog effect. With the Black Mist Effect Filter from Kase, contrasts are reduced and the light intensity is reduced, and recordings are made blurred. This creates a mystical atmosphere. In addition, reflections and highlights are reduced by the Black Mist filter. Overall, the filter manages to make the images appear softer. The effect filter is now available in three strengths: 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 aperture. Depending on which strength is selected, the image result changes.
Dream Effect Fog Mist Filter
With this effect filter, you can take film-like shots and bring Hollywood into your pictures. The Dream Effect Fog Mist Filter is a fog filter that causes blurred images. This creates dreamy and romantic shots. The Dream Effect Fog Mist Filter gives lights a glow effect that intensifies the luminosity of the light source and makes it shine. The filter can be attached in no time at all using magnetism.
This classic is a particularly useful tool for landscape photography. This is a colored pane of glass that is colored weaker towards the middle. The image is thus partially darkened with a gradient from light to dark, and lighter parts of the image are corrected. In addition, the gradient filter enables impressive lighting moods. Graduated filters are now coated with a colored gradient.
If you want to create a romantic or dreamy mood, you should opt for the soft focus. As you can imagine from the name Blur, it creates a softer image. The effect of the blur is to sharpen one part of the image while softening the other. It has an interference pattern, which minimizes contrasts and makes the photos appear softer. The extent of the blur can be set individually. In addition, colored soft focus can give recordings a new effect. Its popularity is based on the apparent smoothness of the skin. As a result, there are no longer any wrinkles or blemishes to be seen on the skin. Therefore, the filter is recommended for close-ups, especially portraits. The soft focus lens is usually not used for landscape photography.
This creative filter is suitable for everyone who likes to photograph the landscape. Due to their structure, light sources can be split into rainbow colors. The sun is an excellent light source for staging the filter perfectly. Artificial light sources are also no obstacle for the rainbow filter. Common names for the rainbow filter are spectral effect filters or color star filters.