Tip #16: Use a UV Filter
Many of the effects created by filters can actually be pretty easily achieved in post-processing software but having a UV filter on your lens actually has another purpose - protecting the glass. Hiking and moving your camera around outdoors easily puts the glass on your lens in danger of getting cracked. Sand on a windy day can blast at the lens and cause pitting. A $6 filter can potentially take the impact and reduce the risk of damaging the glass on the lens that more than likely cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. From a photo perspective, the UV filter will cut a little of the UV light and reduce a bluish haze on a sunny day. But the protective element will be much more valuable to your photography and your equipment.
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