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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. He leads photo tours, has written several best-selling books, including "The A-Z of Creative Photography", and is a regular contributor to magazines, including "Photography Monthly", "Outdoor Photography" and "Black & White Photography".

www.leefrost.co.uk


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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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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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By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 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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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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By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 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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My review provides a detailed discussion of the book's contents but if you have a train to catch, here's my verdict in a nutshell. Frost's is as good a book on filters as you are likely to find, with one caveat. The digital revolution has made large sections of this book obsolete, and it is not such a long book to begin with.

Simply put, if you are a digital camera user like me, you'll find some of the material of no use. Other sections, while not necessarily useless, will describe effects which are now routinely achieved using image processing software. Luckily, there remain valuable sections on filters such as polarizers or ND grads which are still essential for digital photographers.

PS. If you are a film photographer with an interest in using filters, this book is a treasure trove of information - but then you probably know it all already, an old hand that you are.

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I can imagine just how invaluable this book would have been in the nineties or in the early noughties, when digital cameras were a fascinating and expensive glimpse into the future. Lee Frost is an acclaimed landscape photographer, and he had poured into this slim book a wealth of information about the use of filters for film photography. However, now that film is quickly becoming a fascinating and expensive glimpse into the past, unnervingly long passages in the book have become dated or even obsolete. I mention this because for a book first published in 2002 and reprinted regularly ever since, it is disappointing to find that the author has chosen to ignore the technological advances and fails to acknowledge even the most basic requirements of digital photographers.
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