Filters for travel photography.
If you are traveling with an SLR or a DSLR its really worth thinking about using a filter. Not only do most filters give you great effects in your photographs but they are also really great at protecting your lens. For travel photography there are two lens that I would suggest.
Many people think the thought of using filters as a bit scary, after all there are many different filters and they all do different things.
I personally only use a UV filter and a polarizing filter. So lets keep it simple and focus of the important filters for travel photographers.
A polarizing filters are fantastic for travel photography. I have written a guide on how to use polarizing filters so will briefly tell you the benefits here. The polarizing filter changes the way that the camera sees and treats light. By using a polarizing filter you will see the following,
Reduction in tropical haze and glare. (just what you want when your in a hot climate)
Reflections will be reduced. (perfect for photographing water or the sea.)
Blue skies will become darker and some colors will appear more vibrant. (Bringing your photos to life and giving them the 'Wow' factor!)
As a result a polarizing filter is very beneficial to travel photography,landscape photography and general out door photography.
Ultra Violate filter.
Unlike a polarizing filter a UV filter is relatively inexpensive. They serve two great purposes for you as a travel photographer.
UV filter cuts out haziness created by ultra violet light, great for those crisp travel shots.
Because the filter is transparent to most lights it can be left of the lens and can act as a great protection.
The main reason that most photographers use a UV filter is protection of the lens. As a travel photographer you will probably experience more dust, sand, salt spray and general grime than a photographer working in a studio would not. So you need to protect your lens. The UV filter will act as a barrier between the dirt and your lens, protecting the expensive glass.
Enjoying using filters and enjoy seeing the results. Protect your lens and produce dramatic photographs.