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Color Correction Filters

Sunlight, daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, and other artificial light sources all have color characteristics that vary significantly. Color correction filters give you better images by adjusting for these light variations. Film and video are rated for a particular color temperature such as that of daylight or tungsten light. Filters are used to correct differences in color temperature between the recording medium and the light source.


80 Series
Get the right colors with daylight film when shooting indoors, with tungsten lighting, and without a flash.

Get the right colors with daylight film when shooting indoors, with tungsten lighting, and without a flash.

Balances daylight film for use with photo flood lamps.

81 Series
The 81 series filters are useful with daylight corrected film in cool light conditions. As letters advance, density and warmth increases.

81A, 81B, 81C, & 81EF: Creates warmer tones and brighter colors on overcast days or when shooting with electronic flash. Great for improving flesh tones. 81A converts tungsten 3200 K film to 3400 K lighting.


Filter Conversion Exposure increase
81A 3,400 to 3,200 K 1/3 stop
81B 3,500 to 3,200 K 1/3 stop
81C 3,600 to 3,850 K 1/3 stop
81EF 3,850 to 4,140 K 2/3 stop



82 Series
These light balancing filters are used to make minor corrections in color temperature.

82A, 82B Reduces unnatural red tones in early morning or late afternoon light. Prevents reddish cast. Maintains natural flesh tones. Can create mood of coolness. 82A provides a cooler effect with tungsten film under 3200 K lamps.

85 Series
Using tungsten film in daylight will produce a bluish cast. The 85 Series will produce natural colors when shooting with tungsten film outdoors. For best results use the filter that most accurately matches your film type.

Converts tungsten film to daylight.

Produces slightly cooler results than the 85B.

Useful as creative warming effect with daylight film in daylight. Designed to produce cooler results with tungsten film in daylight than the 85 or 85B



Color Contrast

Colored filters for black and white photography perform a variety of filtration effects including contrast control, enhanced skin tones, tonal corrections and more dramatic landscapes.

Although originally intended for use with black and white film, black and white camera filters can also be used as a creative tool in color imaging.

Yellow Color Contrast

#6 Yellow 1
Basic contrast filter, primarily for use with black and white film. This light yellow filter slightly darkens skies, helps to cut through haze, and improves overall contrast. It is a common contrast filter for black and white photography, producing an accurate tonal range and compensating for the blue sensitivity of panchromatic film.

#8 Yellow 2
This medium yellow filter offers the most correct tonal range contrast to produce natural clouds against blue skies.

#9 Yellow 3
This medium yellow filter offers the most correct tonal range contrast to produce natural clouds against blue skies. Slightly heavier than #8 Yellow 2

#12 Yellow
“Minus blue” cuts haze in aerial work; reduces excess blue of full moon in astrophotography. Recommended as a basic filter for use with Kodak Aero Ektachrome Infrared film.

#15 Deep Yellow
Enhances landscapes, marine scenes and aerial photography with more dramatic effects than Yellow 8. Deep yellow filter. Renders sky dramatically darker.

Green Color Contrast

#11 Green 1
Ideal for more pleasing skin tones outdoors. Especially suited for portraits photographed against the sky. Universal asset for all scenics. Greens are lightened to reveal more detail. Darkens sky in contrast to clouds. In foliage, greens are lightened and red blossoms darkened.

#13 Green 2
Slightly heavier strength than #11 Green 1, offers lightened foliage.

#56 Green
Slightly heavier strength than #13 Green 2

#58 Green
Dark green filter that produces very light foliage

Red Color Contrast

Light red filter producing contrast effects that darken sky and water, as in more dramatic architectural photography. Not recommended for flesh tones.

Create dramatic sky effects, emphasizing cloud contrast for landscapes. Simulate a moonlit scene at midday with slight underexposure. Use with infrared film to yield extreme contrast with skies, turn foliage white and cut through fog and haze.

Excellent copying filter for blueprints. Used in scientific photography. Use with polarizer for dramatic black and white effects

Orange Color Contrast

Deeper than Yellow 15 for more dramatic effects

Absorbs blue and blue greens. Renders blue tones darker as in marine scenes.


FL-D® & FL-B®

Provides correct color, removing harsh green cast caused by fluorescent bulbs.  Use FL-D with daylight film and FL-B with tungsten film. Pleasing skin tones under fluorescent lighting without flash. True-to-life color rendition. Essential in any environment where ambient light source is fluorescent.

CC30M Magenta

These filters are used to make adjustments to the red, blue or green characteristics of light. Applications include correcting for color balance, light source variations, different reversal film batches, and other color effects.  They are available in density variations of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, as well as Red, Blue, and Green filters. These filters can be combined to achieve more density. Screw-in sizes up to 82mm offer Magenta 30 only.  Magenta filters balance the color of excess green cast and produce creative effects. Great for morning tint.

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 Color Enhancing 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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