Understanding the Difference Between Filters and Lenses: A Comprehensive Guide

Snapchat has revolutionized the way we interact with the world around us. With its creative effects, users can add a unique touch to their photos and videos. But what is the difference between Snapchat filters and lenses?Filters and lenses are two of the most popular features of Snapchat, but they are quite different from each other. Filters are static frames and creations that users can quickly create, while lenses are animated augmented reality experiences that transform the world around you.

In addition, the method of accessing and using filters and lenses is also very different. When it comes to photography, filters (sheets of glass or resin attached to the camera lens) can serve different purposes. Some photographers only rarely use filters, while others use them for their daily work. Commonly used filters include ND filters, graduated ND filters, and polarizing filters. It's often difficult to understand what each filter does and to decide if you need it or not. For instance, hard-edged GND filters are not suitable for photographing a non-flat horizon, while soft-edge graduated neutral density filters work much better in those situations.

Plastic and resin filters are much cheaper than glass filters and don't break easily: they're the best choice for graduated neutral density filters. Be careful when stacking hard-edged GND filters in high-contrast situations: both filters must be properly aligned to avoid unpleasant transitions. In conclusion, Snapchat lenses and filters offer users a unique way to express themselves. While lenses are animated augmented reality experiences, filters are static frames and creations that can be quickly created. When it comes to photography, there are many types of filters available that can help photographers capture stunning images.

Clément Vermeulen
Clément Vermeulen

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