Quick Tip on when "not" to use UV Filters

Remove protective filters at night

When you’re out shooting at night, it’s worth removing any UV or Skylight filters you have in place to the protect the front element of the lens.

If you don’t, you may end up with ghostly halos and flare from light sources in the picture. As you’d expect, these problems are much worse when you’re shooting in a city lit up at night, but you can experience these problems with the moon as well.

Instead, fit a lens hood to protect the front element – this will also reduce the chances of flare caused by stray light that would otherwise strike the front element.

Thanks for reading,



Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com