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Making the move
to digital photography?

Photo of Canon G5 and Olympus 5050

One of the great benefits of using a digital camera is the ability to review, evaluate, and fine tune your photos as soon as they're taken. This can help you not only improve your exposures but also master the use of your Singh-Ray filters. It's easy and fun to try various filters and refine your visual ideas right on the spot. By mastering your use of filters, you'll be able to produce more exciting and satisfying images--digital or film--every time.

While learning to use your digital camera with your Singh-Ray Filters, you'll find how important it is to determine white balance, filter choice, and exposure for each image as you're shooting--and before it's downloaded to your computer. As Darwin Wiggett says, "No computer software can do what Singh-Ray Filters can. Using the right filter in the field does so much more than software manipulation can do back at my desk."

Whether you record images on film or a digital sensor, it's seldom practical to duplicate by computer the exposure balancing effects of a graduated ND filter, the added color saturation and crispness of a polarizer or the variable color excitement of a Gold-N-Blue. It's also important to remember that image modifications performed in the computer often result in pixel interpolation, increasing the risk of banding and other problems.

Remember --the picture imaging area
is smaller in most digital cameras

You may be aware that "full frame" digital cameras are now available. However, most digital SLR cameras now in use employ an electronic CCD or CMOS sensor that covers an imaging area somewhat smaller than the 24 x 36mm frame that's been standard for 35mm film cameras. For example, the image areas in most Canon and Nikon digital SLRs are approximately 35% smaller, and the popular "prosumer" point-and-shoot digital cameras are much smaller.

If and when you're using filters with a less-than-full-frame digital SLR camera and interchangeable lenses, here are two things to remember:

  • When working with Graduated ND Filters, you will be using only the central 2/3 of the total filter area. The graduated density area--starting from the clear lower half of the filter up to the area of fullest neutral density--will span a relatively larger area of your final image than it would if you're using a 35-mm film camera. This difference changes the visual effect of a hard step filter to a much more gradual transition.

  • When using a Polarizer with a very wide-angle lensmounted on a less-than-full-frame SLR, the smaller image area will effectively eliminate the risk of vignetting at the corners of the frame. For example, a 15mm wide angle lens on a Canon D-60 becomes a 22mm lens.


    Using the Gold-N-Blue with Digital Cameras


    This wet-weather scene was taken with a digital camera through a Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer. Photo above shows the blue polarization and the one below shows the gold effect.


    The wet leaf photos shown here give some idea of the dramatic possibilities of the Gold-N-Blue --even in the rain. These two shots were made with a "point and shoot" Kodak DC-4800 digital camera and imported directly to our website with no custom white balance or color correcting.

    We find the Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer works very well with many digital cameras set for either daylight or automatic white balance (AWB). When using the Canon 10D SLR camera, try dialing in a preset white balance setting of 2800 to 3200 degrees Kelvin. This helps compensate for any additional reds and reduced greens introduced by the polarizer. If your digital SLR camera offers the custom white balance feature, we suggest trying it with the Gold-N-Blue.


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