This Article was written by Cecilia Ocean, a Gobe customer. She sent us this article after discovering how UV filters changed her photography.
UV light is present everywhere, but it gets stronger when shooting in higher altitude places, and when shooting near large bodies of water or snow. UV light will manifest itself in shape of haze. When this happens, the UV filter cuts it down so the haze doesn’t take away the sharpness of the shot. At the same time, a UV filter will protect your lens from scratches and dust.
So, here are some tips on how and when to use an UV filter:
1. It is important to be aware of the kind of glass that you put on your lens. Pick a good one so you don’t loose any sharpness, or modifies the contrast of your image.
2. Always keep it on your lens; Unless:
– Take it off when you are shooting directly into the Sun or into bright lights so you don’t get flare caused by this light sources.
3. When you take off the filter, keep it in a safe place so when you put it back on your lens it is not scratched or dirty.
4. You can replace your lens caps with UV filters so you don’t miss THE shot because you were busy getting your camera ready. Always be ready.
5. If you shoot in humid places, such as tropical climates, or near waterfalls, the UV filter will prevent the humidity from getting into your lens.
6. You can also use anti-fog products, such as special cloths, that will keep your filter and lens from getting fog in them when shooting in humid places
7. It will also prevent the sand ,when shooting in the beach or on windy days, from getting into your lens and also from scratching the front element of your lens.
8. Always keep something to clean your filters and lenses in your bag; wether it is a glass cleaning tissue or an air blowing rocket.
10. Now you are ready to go out and shoot, go explore with your filters and get to know them so you can get the best results in each situation.