Photography 101: UV Filters Yes or No


Here is another informative post from photojournalist Stephen Dennstedt on the user of UV Filters

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Stephen F. Dennstedt

UV (Ultraviolet) filters are very controversial in photographic circles (as if it were a life & death decision). In film photography UV filters are a no-brainer, film is sensitive to UV light, but digital sensors are all but impervious to UV rays. I am NOT a techie, gear-head or scientist so I can’t give you all the technical reasons this is so. Suffice it to say: it pretty much is.

The two camps, those for and those against, each make good arguments—so in the end it’s up to you (the photographer) to make your own decision. But that’s always the case with photography isn’t it? I know you’re dying of suspense wondering if I use them or don’t use them. Drumroll please: the answer is it depends.

UV (Ultraviolet) Protective Filter

Photographers who use them often cite prophylactic (protective) reasons. They use them to protect the expensive…

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