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CONTRAST

Ultra Contrast

Controlling contrast is difficult in bright sunlit exteriors. Exposing for either highlights or shadows will leave the other severely under-or over-exposed. Tiffen was recognized with a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for the innovative design of this popular Motion Picture and TV filter. It uses the surrounding ambient light, not just light in the image area, to evenly lighten shadows throughout.  Use it where contrast control is needed without any other effect on sharpness or highlight flare being apparent.

  • Works with surrounding ambient light
  • Captures details lost in shadows
  • Lowers contrast evenly throughout image
  • No flare or halation
  • Lets you “see” more
  • Available in a Low Light variation

Densities: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Low Contrast

Controlling contrast is difficult in bright sunlit exteriors. Exposing for either highlights or shadows will leave the other severely under-or over-exposed. Low Contrast filters create a small amount of “localized” flare near highlight areas within the image.  This reduces contrast by lightening nearby shadow areas, leaving highlights almost unchanged.

Densities: 1/6, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Soft Contrast

Controlling contrast is difficult in bright sunlit exteriors. Exposing for either highlights or shadows will leave the other severely under-or over-exposed. Soft Contrast filters include a light absorbing element in the filter which, without exposure compensation, will reduce contrast by also darkening highlights.  Use this latter filter when lighter shadows are not desired.  In both cases, the mild flare produced from bright highlights is sometimes used as a lighting effect.

Densities: 1, 2, 3, 5

3 Essential Filters

There are three essential filters that should be in every photographers bag of tricks, this page explained about the different types of Tiffen Contrast filters. A UVP filter or UV Protector filter and UV Control filters basically protect your camera lens are the first essential filter, they not only protect your lens from the elements, drops, scratches and other accidents, they absorb UV light and can be kept on your camera lens at all times. You can learn more about Tiffen’s line of UV Protection and Absorption Filters by clicking here.

The second essential filter is the Polarizing filter, basically polarizing filters reduce glare which may wash out an image, producing dramatically blue skies, polarizers will also remove glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water, something that would require lots of retouching afterwards. There are different types of polarizers, the circular polarizer being the most common, you can get information about our complete line of Polarizing Filters by clicking here.

The third essential filter is a Neutral Density, there are also different types of Neutral Density filters, they help prevent overexposure and can highlight a subject by making the foreground or background out of focus. You can learn more about ND Filters by clicking here.

 

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