Now, I'm not talking gels or anything to do with lights (which can't be helped later) and I'm certainly not saying filters in general are gonners and just to work on the look in post (this certainly wouldn't be the place to do so!), I'm still an advocate of having a clear mood/look in mind beforehand... but other than 85, 80A filters, NDs and others to get the light balanced and control DOF, which filters are really going to make an imporovement? Everyone keeps saying to use orange filters to make clouds pop, but couldn't you just use editing tools to do the same with greater control (as long as the shot isn't blown out)?
When editing digital, you want the most basic and perfectly exposed footage possible so that you can really go for the look preconceived, or maybe you find a new one you hadn't thought about with all the options before you. David Lynch is finding this out. He was film's last big advocate and he said he's never going back after shooting miniDV because of all the options you have.
I'm also pushing the film two stops and will be underexposing from one to two stops as I see fit. I know this increases contrast which I could control much better in post, BUT, it gives you a "look" you can't get with any kind of computer touch-ups.
What I'm really asking, is what other filters/gauzes are there that do something that you can't get later?
Edited by stephen griebel, 21 February 2006 - 07:44 PM.