Smartphone filters review: A tool to help you make awesome photo’s

As I’ve written earlier, I like doing smartphone photography and I have many extra accessories to get the most out of my smartphone and its photos. One of the things I always have in my bags is a set of filters. Let’s talk about them some more.

The ND-filter for extra oomph

Having this one improved my style so much. Without this, I probably wouldn’t have my own style. So what is an ND-filter? The full name ‘Neutral Density’ probably doesn’t say that much. What is does it evenly darken your photo’s. But why would you want to do that?

Taking pictures with an ND-filter helps you lower the shutter speed. Say, you want to photograph a street with lots of people. But you want the people to be blurry. The problem is, when it’s broad daylight, there is too much sun. You set your ISO to 50 and still have a shutter speed of 1/100. Way too much for people to become blurry.

The ND-filter doesn’t change the lighting, it just makes everything darker. So then you can get to a shutter speed that’s slower. And the people become blurry.

A Star-filter for extra flare

I don’t use this one that often, but it can come in handy from time to time. Remember those old school 80’s video’s. The ones LCD Soundsystem refer to with their video for Tonite. Those flares are coming from the lights. Normally you only get that with a longer exposure.

The Star-filter helps you get those from almost any light source. The setting sun, road lights or just a cellphone flash. All become nice stars on your photo.

Gradient filters in different colours

These ones are darker coloured at one side of the filter and then become see-through at the other side. Hence the name ‘gradient’. You have these in several colours, but not all colours are very useful. Some,like purple, I have never used. Others, like the grey one, help you bring out the sky more.

Also the blue one can help you get an even bluer sky, which is always welcome in grey Belgium.

Polarisation filter to add a nice finish to your photos

This one can become very science-y, but I’m going to keep it simple. When applying this one, you can filter out certain rays of light. The result is that you can turn the sky a bit darker and you can remove reflections from windows and water surfaces so you can see what’s behind it.

Very handy for reporting and landscape photos. I use this one almost all the time.

All in all I can say I’m pretty happy with this kit. It comes in a stylish box/bag that helps you protect the pieces. It helped me make great progress in my smartphone-photography.

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