If you are thinking about buying a professional DSLR camera for work or play, you will likely purchase a camera base and one or more lenses. You will also purchase a memory card and a camera bag. But don't forget the filters.
Types of Filters
There are a number of camera filters from which to choose. The Vivitar 52mm 5-Piece Filter Set provides you with the most commonly used and essential filters, and they are designed to fit all professional level cameras.
The set includes a UV filter, which camera experts will tell you to keep on your camera at all times, as it protects your lens from scratches and fingerprints. It also absorbs ultraviolet rays. Invisible to the naked eye, ultraviolet rays are at the opposite end of the color spectrum from infrared rays, and they are more prevalent in higher elevations than at sea level. Using a UV filter will diminish the ghosting effect that can occur with reflected light. It will also provide your images with sharper contrast.
The CPL filter, included with the set, cuts through the haze of unwanted reflections on surfaces such as water or glass. For example, if you wanted to take a picture of a child leaning on a windowsill from outside of the window looking in, you want to remove glare from reflections on the pane of glass. It also helps in removing ripple glare when you are trying to take a picture of a fish swimming in a clear stream. CPL (circular polarizer) filters also improve the clarity of distant objects and make foliage richer and skies bluer.
Tips for Purchasing Filters
If you use a digital camera, as most people do these days, it makes it so much easier to transmit the images you take right into a photo-editing software such as Photoshop, where you can apply all kinds of digital filters as color, lighting and contrast to an image. When purchasing filters, you should consider the filters that are the most important to apply at the time you capture an image – filters that will improve not only the quality, but also the content of an image itself. By the time you get to Photoshop, you want to start with well-focused images in high-resolution. A camera and a lens will help you with focus and resolution. UV and CPL filters work with light to improve contrast and to remove noise.
Losing your lens cap is so easy to do, and they are inconvenient and sometimes expensive to replace. A lens cap is such a vital part of protecting your camera, though, as it prevents dust, sand and debris from accumulating on your lens. The Vivitar filter set includes a spare lens cap and a leash that keeps your lens cap attached to your camera.
The filter set also includes a filter case to store the UV and CPL filters when not in use. By storing them out of light, you also preserve the filters' longevity.