This is the list of available filters that come in this specific camera (bold ones are the options we chose to test and show below):
1- Toy Camera
3- High Contrast
4- Extract Color
8- Custom Filter (alter several filters to make a custom filter)
9- HDR Capture (3 images merged into one)
10- HDR Filter (Faux filter)
11- Miniature model effect
13- Water Color
17- Custom Color
To use a filter, start to review/playback an image that you have taken. Press the down arrow on the direction pad, and then press "ok" to access the menu.
Fish-eye: In this filter you get 1 editing option: Intensity/size of effect- low/medium/high. I used the medium option.
|L: regular photo. R: with the fish-eye filter|
HDR Filter: In this filter you get 1 editing option: This is a Faux HDR filter (it does not combine images to make a true HDR image like in real HDR imaging. The combining method is used in the K-5's other HDR filter option, HDR Capture.) The 1 editing option is intensity- low/medium/high. I used the medium for this shot.
Custom Filter: This filter allows 8 options to edit your image: High Contrast / Soft Focus / Tone Break (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow) / Shading Shape / Shading Level / Distortion type / Distortion level / Invert Color. I used a dark shade in a frame around the image, with a green cast tone break.
Miniature Filter: (This is my favorite one) It allows you to make an image look like it is a miniature model scene. It throws focus off similar to tilt-shift. For in-camera editing (quick and easy) it does quite well.
Retro: Another personal favorite, with this filter you get 2 editing options: Toning (Shades of Blue to Brown) and Framing (you can add a white border around your image with varying thickness).
A big plus to having these filters in-camera is the ability to post-process on the go. I was recently at a shoot doing a bunch of headshots for a group of executives. One of the participants said his photo was too sharp and it showed too many wrinkles. I said “give me a minute and I will fix that”. I went in to the digital filters menu and chose the soft focus one. I added a medium soft focus filter, saved it, and was then able to hand him the original and the soft focus version in less than 2 minutes. He was very happy and amazed I did it so quickly and without an editing program.
© Patrick Douglas