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Virginia Wedding Photographer : Stephen Gosling Photography

The first thing I want to say is that I am under no illusion that people read my blog, let alone other photographers.  I in no way think that the way I do things is the correct way and I am not writing these posts to tell people how to shoot or how to run their businesses.  I am however going to be writing about my experiences; my failures, my successes, etc.  If these posts help anyone, great!  If not; no big deal.

There is some debate between photographers about whether using a UV/protection filter on your lens is a good thing or a bad thing.  The photographers in the ‘Pro-Filter’ camp will say; it protects my lovely expensive lens from getting scratched, cracked etc…  Where as the photographers in the ‘Anti-Filter’ camp will say; why would you put a cheap piece of glass in-front of this beautiful lens you just paid all this money for?  This is a debate for another day as I have already come down firmly on the ‘Pro-Filter’ side of the debate.  What this post is about is changing your filters.

Every lens I buy; I always buy a filter to go with it.  And after a certain amount of time it becomes time to change said filter.  All I have to do is look at my filter.  It accumulates smudge spots, finger prints, scratches and occasionally (if I bang the lens into something) even cracks.  So it is a good idea to keep an eye on your filters, and after a certain amount of time; think about changing it for a fresh one.

There are lots and lots of filter options our there.  You can buy cheap no-name brand filters, or even super expensive B+W filters.  I sort of come down in the middle and buy HOYA filters.  I have always used HOYA filters and I have never been disappointed.  So if it isn’t broken, why fix it?

I just bought a brand new set of 6 filters for my 6 lenses so I figured I should post this little explanation.  And just a quick-tip; make sure you buy the right size (see the numbers on the right side of the boxes…  that is the size of the filter.  Just look at the end of the lens and it will tell you what size filter you need).

Lens Filters

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For Photographers Archive

2013 – Lens Filters, What’s in a Name?, Search Engine Rankings, My Love of Crumpler, Contracts, Digital Backup & Online Storage, Finances & Outright.com, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

2012 – SkypeEquipment UpdateCamera Straps,  Just Some Books,  Giving Back,  GPS,  Google Voice,  You Need a CPA,  Blog or Website… Or Both?,  My Editing Workflow,  How I Roll,  The worst 10 minutes of my life.

2011 – Where it all Started,  My Equipment,  My New Toy – FujiFilm Instax 210.

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