“Art” In-Camera Filters

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Art Filters,” those in-camera special effects processing scripts that seem to be all the rage in cameras these days. Rather than have users spend time with computer software these days, camera makers are incorporating some interesting tricks into their imageware. You can think of them as subsets of Scene modes, as shortcuts, as fun filters, or as preprogrammed image processing effects that go right from camera to memory card. Readers responded with a host of images that display many of the “art” options and special effects available today.

Coal Barn

Jay Linsenbigler chose the “soft focus” filter in his Olympus E-P1 to create this ethereal photo with an exposure of f/4.5 at 1⁄50 sec at ISO 100. © Jay Linsenbigler

High Contrast

After exposing this image with his Pentax K-7, Lloyd E. Payne, Jr. used in-camera processing by applying “watercolor” and “extract” filters to create this pen and ink effect. © Lloyd E. Payne, Jr.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Photographer Brooke Davidson chose the “negative art” filter in her Sony Mavica FD75 to create this eerie rendition of a popular photo subject. © Brooke Davidson

Backyard Flower

Robert D. Williams used the “watercolor” and “fisheye” effects to make this unique floral in his Pentax K-7 with a Tamron 70-300mm lens. Exposure was f/5.6 at 1⁄60 sec at ISO 400. © Robert D. Williams

Panama Canal

As his cruise ship went through the canal, Robert Parker made this shot with a Pentax K2000 using the camera’s “illustration” filter. Exposure was f/27 at 1⁄180 sec at ISO 800. © Robert Parker

Washington Square Park, NYC

Bennett Katz made this iconic park look like a miniature train set using the “diorama” filter on his Olympus E-PL1. © Bennett Katz

Downtown L.A.

Robert Maslen shot the backs of old buildings in downtown Los Angeles with his Casio EX-Z750 using the “illustration” setting in the camera’s Best Shot mode. Exposure was f/7.4 at 1⁄320 sec. © Robert Maslen

Wings Of Spring

Michael R. Lanza made this evocative shot using the “watercolor” filter on his Pentax K-x. Exposure was f/14 at 1⁄400 sec (ISO 640) through a Pentax 50-200mm lens. © Michael R. Lanza


Using the “sunset” and “color swap” filters in her Canon PowerShot 10, Sally Kolstad added a nostalgic and graphic touch to this arrangement. Exposure was f/2.8 at 1⁄320 sec. © Sally Kolstad

Red Mill In Winter

The classic touch of a “sepia” filter was done with in-camera processing by George M. Dousis using his Nikon D5000. Exposure through a Sigma 17-70mm lens with a Kenko 1.5x tele-converter was f/8 at 1⁄250 sec. © George M. Dousis

Toxic Dandelion

Scott Kennedy used the “invert color” effect in his Pentax K-x to create this fascinating graphic effect. © Scott Kennedy


Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Sense Of Scale

Our next Picture This! assignment is Sense of Scale. When photographing buildings, scenics, and even close-ups, including a familiar object or subject, such as this jogger in front of government buildings in Berlin, helps the viewer see how big—or small—something really is. Our next Picture This! assignment is to create images where a sense of scale is provided within the frame.

Photo was made with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L lens with an exposure of f/11 at 1⁄640 sec at ISO 200. © George Schaub

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Our next topic: Industrial Design
Deadline: August 15, 2011
Publication Date: November, 2011

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