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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; New edition edition (15 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715314009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715314005
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lee Frost is a well respected photographer and author whose previous books include The A-Z of Creative Photography, Night and Low-light Photography and Photos That Sell. He also writes for photography magazines such as Practical Photography, and regularly teaches at photography workshops. He lives in Peterborough, Cambs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cp80 on 10 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I disagree with a previous comment made about DSLR users not needing filters. I want to spend more time taking photo's than I do sitting in front of a computer screen. I do enough of that with working in IT.

This is a superb reference on the types of filters available with example images of their effects and advice on how & when to use them. The book starts with practical advice on how to choose a filter system and choosing the right one means you need never have to replace your filters when changing your current camera.

You can see examples of filter effects from most filter manufacturers websites, but this book goes further giving examples of what they are useful for (e.g. which filter to use with tungsten light sources). Lee also suggests how you can make some of your own filters, how to use multiple filters and how to avoid vignetting (darkening at the image corners which can occur when using multiple filters).

This is my favourite of the 3 books I own by Lee Frost and I recommend it to anyone thinking of buying a set of filters. The section with the sunset and twilight filters was enough to convince me that I should buy some.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
For the past year I've been wondering about filters. But when I looked for information to get me started....NOTHING! Finally, someone has written a fantastic guide and I daresay I will be using this for YEARS (this is not a 'read-it-once-and-sell-it' book). I love Lee Frost's work and although he lets some biases creep through, he tries to be open minded about types and brands. His photos clearly show what each type of filter can do and he spends a bit of time on pitfalls of some filters and systems. DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2004
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I will put this succinctly, this book is to photography as the egg is to the omelette. I had gone for some months from having started as an amateur photographer with the impression that filters were something that existed but were not something that I really needed. Within hours of having read this book I had already ordered my first filter, and now have a list of the filters I have yet to get.
As is customary with Lee Frost he makes use of frequent examples, showing how certain filters were used to achieve certain effects. I can think of no better resource on the market that explains in such detail what filters there are around and how they can be used.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2004
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I had been aware of filters for some time although I had never properly considered getting a set, since I was under the assumption that I could manage without them.
I was wrong.
After having read this book I have come to realise just how essential they are. Within a day of having finished the book I had already placed an order for a set of filters. Such is the power behind this book, with frequent examples of how certain effects can be achieved relatively simply as well as listing all the filters available with an explanation of what they can do specifically.
Superb and an essential read for any photographer!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dodgeman69 on 25 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
This book covers the whole gamut of photographic filters, explaining what they do, why you would use them with samples of their effects.

While the information contained in this book is essential reading for serious film/slide photographers (both colour and black & white), for the DSLR photographer, much of this is of accademic interest only.

Polarizing, neutral density, and UV filters are probably all a DSLR user will need as most other effects can be achieved using image editing software.

If there is one obvious shortcoming in this book, it is a lack of reference to digital. For example, when refering to colour correction/changing/balancing filters, I would have liked some reference to how these are achieved in Photoshop.

Overall however, a great read. Even if you shoot digital (as I do), you will still need some of these filters and it is useful to be aware of other colour issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Alves on 7 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I've seen pictures where the authors used filters. Since I'm enthusiastic about photography I decided to learn a bit more before spending real money on that. I've researched the web, but I wanted some more and end up buying this book.
It was a wise decision. The book explains you with fair detail the different types of filters, how to use them to improve your pictures and to use them in a creative way. The book is rich in pictures which allow you to compare the differences without filters and with filters. However, I would expect a bit more technical information but (good or bad) the book author does not provide.
Also, this guide is based on traditional film cameras, however there is a big gap for digital cameras. For instance, with modern dslr's it's possible to define color temperature corrections which makes me believe that filters for the same purpose are obsolete. Since I'm not an expert, I wonder what more can we do digitally without the need of expensive filters. I see the purpose of neutral density filters (and graduated neutral density), but can some color filters be used with digital manipulation programs (photoshop, lightroom, aperture, others)?
In any case this book is an excellent guide to learn about filters and I highly recommend it.
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