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    to filter or not to filter....that is my question

    its that time of year again in the south bay area. 80% of the days are perfect weather, but during these days there are no clouds to speak of. when i shoot B&W the main reason I use an orange or red filter is to get separation of clouds and sky. I know there are other benefits to using a filter (and I know I could test it) but if there are no clouds in the sky, would you use a filter? maybe a yellow? or not at all? what say you?

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    Sure they can be used even on cloudless days... to get a little more darkness of hte sky. I do that often so the sky isn't so "bleached out".

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    Depends on what else is in the scene and the colours of things. Filters aren't only for skies. You can use them to separate/blend/emphasize/de-emphasize other things too.

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    I have come to really like what polarisers do to the sky, but they are most effective at right angles to the sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
    I have come to really like what polarisers do to the sky, but they are most effective at right angles to the sun.
    But beware 1) the natural tendency to OVERpolarize rather than use moderation and 2) using with WA lenses.

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    A yellow filter does very well for a lot of situations. You can look at the scene through a filter and get a good idea of the effect. With a little practice, your judgement will be pretty accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    Depends on what else is in the scene and the colours of things. Filters aren't only for skies. You can use them to separate/blend/emphasize/de-emphasize other things too.
    This.

    I like green filters to lighten up the vegetation and make the skin look tan.
    Also red sometimes when I want to make skin eerily bright.

    I'd choose filtration based on main subject, not just the sky.
    If I'm shooting a young model with immaculate skin, I'll go for a deep green, sky be damned.

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    Sometimes I use a polarize and a red filter to get a really dark sky. I use a tripod cause the shutter is slow.

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    I'm in the North Bay with the same 80% cloudless days. I've been using a wratten #11 quite a bit lately. It does not darken the sky quite as much as my yellow filter, but it lightens up some foliage ( especially light greens like grass, and the trees with lighter green leaves )

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    Quote Originally Posted by destroya View Post
    its that time of year again in the south bay area. 80% of the days are perfect weather, but during these days there are no clouds to speak of. when i shoot B&W the main reason I use an orange or red filter is to get separation of clouds and sky. I know there are other benefits to using a filter (and I know I could test it) but if there are no clouds in the sky, would you use a filter? maybe a yellow? or not at all? what say you?
    When to use filters:
    1. Bring out clouds
    2. Darken skies
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