Yellow filter is useful for most art photography if the design has a dark outline against a light background.

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Useful and Essential Filters for black-and-white Photography

The yellow will make the outline darker which makes the background appear lighter in contrast.

Thus yellow filter will make the clouds look whiter against a dark sky.

Green filters tend to be extreme--you lose all detail in the shadows.

Polarizing filter fill help in both B+W and also in color photography if the subject is reflective. You might also consider polarizing the light source in certain situations (if photographing obsidian, highly polished art objects, plates, etc.).

As this page is updated we will add the names of the respected filter companies. The best filters are still made in Germany, such as those of B+W, a division of lensmaker Schneider Kreuzbach.

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