Photography/Cinematography filters are glass elements that get typically screwed onto the front of the camera lens. While some use filters to simply protect the front elements of the lens, there are a variety of filters available that allow for artistic control over the photo or video. Using filters is common among DSLR/mirrorless shooters, however, filters can be easily used for shooting with your GoPro also. They are a lot of fun!

In this video I explain how to easily attach a filter to your GoPro. Further below you’ll find an outline of what the different filters do and how they are being typically used.

UV Filter:

Primarily used for protecting the lens. However UV filters can help with:

  • Boost contrast when shooting outdoors
  • Removes UV light and blue cast in very bright sun light

CPL Filter:

Reduces the polarization effect caused by sunlight:

  • Enhances the color of the sky
  • Eliminates the reflection visible in water/glass

ND Filter:

Blocks light, so that less light passes through the lens reaching the sensor:

  • Allows for creative control over the shutter speed
  • Allows for maintaining a 180 angle shutter speed in bright sun light for video

Graduated Filters:

Adds artistic effects to photos/video:

  • Orange: to intensify the orange and red of a sunset
  • Blue: to intensify ocean or blue sky
  • Grey: to intensify/add drama to a cloudy sky

 

Filters being used in this video:

SUREWO CPL/UV Lens Filter 52mm : http://geni.us/GPRFLTR
TELESIN GoPro ND 4/8/16 Lens Filter : http://geni.us/GPRND
K&F Concept 52mm Lens Filter Kit : http://geni.us/KFFilter

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How to use Cinematic Filters with your GoPro