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Old September 22nd, 2005, 07:05 PM   #1
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the basic filters package

I preface this question with "I looked through past posts", but I wanted a little more info.

I am about to buy the chrosziel matte box and follow focus, and I was wanting to know what filters (the 4x4 size) I should get for a basic kit. I am getting .3, .6, .9 ND filters, and a linear polarizer, but I would like to know what else I need. I am looking at getting some color correcting filters ( basic cooling and warming) since I have tungsten lights. What do you guys suggest?

I would be using these filters on anything from short films to commercials to music videos to corporate videos. Thanks for your help.

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Old September 23rd, 2005, 06:30 PM   #2
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Does anyone who has viewed this post actually have an opinon? I am not trying to be ugly but enough people have viewed this that I would have expected a little more feedback.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 08:13 PM   #3
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You won't find a lot of people using many filters in here. I like my Schneider Black Frost filters quite a bit for video though. Tiffen Ultra Contrasts are pretty cool too, but they're tricky to use. I would think any kind of warming or cooling effect could be done either in post or with warm/cold balance cards. ND and polarizer filters are the most important though, and it looks like you're already on that. I have a set of split diopters that are a lot of fun, but definitely luxury items.
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Old September 24th, 2005, 03:08 AM   #4
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i also use the schneider black frost filters.
i got a ND, CP and BF filter kit by schneider
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Old September 24th, 2005, 04:11 AM   #5
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I use:

1/- For reducing DoF by keeping Iris wide open 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 - solids

2/- Linear Pola and grads for "popping" out blue skies. Getting "thru" water and getting those amazing internal reflections of water. reflections on trees of water waves!

3/- Frost for contrast changes.

4/- Skin tone warmer for dramatically affecting skies and also flesh tones

5/- Tabac for heaping browns onto a picture

Now, having "forced" some feel, all the above can then be post adjusted and worked-over.

" I am looking at getting some color correcting filters ( basic cooling and warming) since I have tungsten lights. "

I use WARM and WHITE cards for setting white balance colour correction, these also have GREEN cards, associated with common fluorescent lighting. If you are getting a "mixed" light environment then you need to take a long hard look at what "look" you finally want to achieve. Other than that you will need to analyse what you are capable of changing in terms of the light sources.

Here are some valuable samples of using CC cards for .. well . have a look!

http://warmcards.com/examples.html

http://warmcards.com/

http://warmcards.com/faq.html


PLUS! Here are my links to my list of learning about filters and the like:

http://www.leefilters.com/ShowImageByID.asp?PageID=458

http://www.leefilters.com/downloads.asp

I suppose you need to tell us what you WANT to achieve. I hope the links above will provide you with enough opportunity to explain what you may wish to experiment with.

Hope this helps.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #6
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grad filters

as far as im aware filters used are uv mainly for protection and haze, circular polarizer, and graduated filters especially the nd set!
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Old October 15th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #7
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tabac filter

What exactly is a tabac filter and why are they graduated if in fact they are all graduated? Thanks.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 03:53 PM   #8
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What exactly is a tabac filter and why are they graduated if in fact they are all graduated? Thanks.
"Tabac" is a colour, sort of orange'ish brown, from the French word for tobacco.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:16 PM   #9
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tabac filter

Where do you get such a filter and if used with warm card do you use any of the presets and do you balance with the tabc filter on or off? Thanks
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