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  1. #1
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    Digital filters - fun or folly?

    I just did these shots today to at least see what digital filters in the K20D can do - or not do. These only work on jpg's, and I shoot RAW, so this is pretty much a one-time thing :-) And, you can do nearly the same thing is PP software. Anyway, it might be interesting to some.

    Original.
    Attachment 40293

    B&W (there are other varieties I will show on another image later).
    Attachment 40294

    Adding color. There are color choices, and 3 strength options. This is overdoing magenta (I think) on heaviest. Makes it look like a fading 50's photo, sort of.
    Attachment 40295

    Color extract - blue. Selectable color to keep, everything else goes BW.
    Attachment 40296

    Color extract - red.
    Attachment 40297

    HDR. This also has 3 strengths (heaviest here) and probably not the right image for it.
    Attachment 40298

    Illustration.
    Attachment 40299

    Sepia. A common PP option in software, here applied on heavy.
    Attachment 40300

    Soft focus. Again, this is heaviest, and not the best image for it. Flowers may be better.
    Attachment 40301

    I did not use the "slim" filter which allows you to alter the aspect ratio.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

  2. #2
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    Hmm... As you say... interesting to play with but I never was a fan of filters even in the film days.

    I used to use (back in my 35mm days) the following filters:
    Star 8
    ND
    Orange
    Red
    Yellow
    Green
    Polariser

    I tried all the other kinds of filters and was never impressed. Look at the photos that sell... Not a single bizarre filter amongst them. Mostly ND or polariser. No starbursts. No funky coloured grads... Just plain photos. Soft Focus could be useful for portraits though.

  3. #3
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    digital filters just feel cheap..

    I agree with ND/Polariser being the most "effective"

    I've seen some amazing colour grad filter shots however..



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  4. #4
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    Here are variations on the BW filters.

    Original.
    Attachment 40319

    "BW".
    Attachment 40320

    "R" of RGB.
    Attachment 40321

    "G" of RGB.
    Attachment 40322

    "B" of RGB.
    Attachment 40323
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

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