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Why Use Digital Art Filters

Why Use Digital Art Filters - Instead of adding filters in the 'digital darkroom' why not play around with digital art filters?

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Pentax K-3 II in General Photography

With Pentax cameras offering custom images options as well as digital filters that allow the user to add distinctive visual effects, it's now easier than ever to capture and produce creative images.

What filters are on offer tend to change from camera-to-camera but here are some of the filters available on the Pentax K-50 as an example: Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast and Shading.

Cross Process

Cross Process Art Filter on the Pentax K-30

The main plus point about art filters is that they allow everyone to add creative twists to their shots even if they are a Photoshop novice. With some cameras, such as the Pentax K-3 II, even more creative possibilities can be explored, too, as multiple filters can be applied to one image. It is also worth bearing in mind the various modes can be adjusted so the changes that can be made to images is vast. 

Pentax K-3 II Digital filters

Filters can be found in the camera's menu system, usually under a digital filter setting and on some cameras the filters can be applied to JPEG / RAW image files in playback mode. 


The same scene but this time it's taken with a 'Landscape' art filter

Not all art filters will work for every image and some shots just won't look right or simply looked 'overcooked' when certain art filters are applied. Of course, you won't know what works unless you try so do experiment and make a note of what art filters work for what scenes. 

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