Uses of Color Compensating Filters

Uses of Color Compensating Filters

  • As creative tools, Color Compensating filters have found much favor among working professionals. Not only do they add precise amounts of predictable color but they can also be combined (up to three at a time) to produce anything from a faint tint to a rich, deep, monochromatic reinterpretation of a scene. They can be used during actual picture-taking or later, when copying slides, to correct or improve the original. Color Compensating filters is also widely used by experienced film photographers to "tweak" color. Add a CC 40 or 50Y filter to an otherwise dull gray day and the effect is the same as if the sun suddenly broke out from behind the clouds-and without shadows as a bonus. With a number of CC filters you can warm or cool scenes slightly, dramatically, or impart any color cast by merely combining several densities and colors. Further, CC filters can add interest in skin tones by warming pale skin. Be creative by devising new skin colors such as magenta, green, or even violet. Obviously, the possibilities are endless.

  • CC filters come in two configurations. The original CC filters, Kodak's Wratten series, are available in very thin (.02mm) gelatin squares or rectangles. They are quite delicate and need careful handling. They also require a filter holder and adaptor system to use on a lens. A few companies, principally Tiffen, have developed CC filter lines that are premounted in glass, making them durable and easy to use. Glass-mounted CC filters are supplied in all densities for .025 to .50 and in all six colors.

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