Kelvin color temperature applies to every kind of light - daylight to candlelight and beyond. Below is a listing for the on-camera filters that are commonly used in color photography. This chart should be used as a reference point because the Kelvin color temperature for any light source can vary over time.
|Common filters grouped by number:
|#80 Filters are very cool
|#81 Filters are a little bit warm
|#82 Filters are a little bit cool
|#85 Filters are very warm
|For use on movie sets. Movie sets use 3400°K lights A Type = 3400°K photofloods for movies = special tungsten film for movies
|80A Blue filter
|5600°K daylight color films with 3400° photofloods.
|81A Brown/orange filter
|3400°K tungsten color film with "Type B" 3200° photofloods.
|82A Light blue filter
|"Type A" 3400°K tungsten color films with 3200° photofloods.
|85A Orange filter
|"Type A" 3400°K tungsten color films can be used in 5600° daylight.
|For use with standard photofloods. These are 3200°K films and lights B Type = 3200°K photofloods = Tungsten Film
|80B Blue filter
|Daylight color films with "Type B" 3200°K photofloods.
|81B Brown/Orange filter
|Eliminates blue cast found in high altitude mountain photography or when shooting during a very clear day. Also "Type A" film with "Type B" photofloods.
|82B Light blue filter
|"Type B" 3200°K tungsten color film with household bulbs (2800-2400°).
|85B Orange filter
|"Type B" tungsten color films in 5600°K daylight.
|Refers to "clear flash" (5800°K) and work well with daylight balanced films
|80C Blue filter
|5800°K lights with daylight color films.
|81C Brown/orange filter
|Prevents blue cast in cloudy and rainy weather.
|82C Light blue filter
|Reduces the reddish cast from shooting in early morning or late afternoon.
|85C Orange filter
|Convert 5500°K lighting to 3800°K.
|Absorbs ultraviolet rays and blue. Used to eliminate blue cast in distant scenes and in shade.
|(a.k.a. "Haze") Used to eliminate blue cast in distant scenes and in shade. Absorbs ultraviolet rays.
|Eliminates green cast when daylight type films are used under fluorescent lights.
|Eliminates green cast when daylight type films are used under white fluorescent lights.
|Of various darkness, they are used to lower the intensity of light striking the film to enable larger apertures for shallow depth-of-field, slower speeds, and special effects.
|Used to lower the intensity of light striking the film to enable larger apertures for shallow depth-of-field, slower speeds, and special effects.
|Absorbs part of the spectrum between ultraviolet and violet. Makes clouds stand out. Also used for natural rendition of colors in black and white tones.
|Absorbs part of the spectrum between ultraviolet and blue-green. Provides stronger contrast than K2. Especially effective for distant scenes.
|Transmits green and absorbs part of the spectrum between ultraviolet and blue. Natural rendition of skin and lips of female models. Highly effective for outdoor portraits.
|Helps reduce reflections and glares while reducing haze.
|Absorbs the spectrum between ultraviolet and yellow. Provides the strongest contrast. Makes daylight scenes as though photographed at night. Also used in infrared photography.
|To be used with infrared film, this filter will allow you to see through the viewfinder and shoot pictures without a tripod outdoors, but anything moving will create motion blur. Creates a dark sky and more overall contrast.
|To be used with infrared film, this will block some unwanted visible light. This may not create much contrast but will preserve details in shadows and highlights while allowing short exposure times.
|Can decrease the light coming into the camera by 2-8 stops. This filter allows very long exposures during the day time and is great for video in order to shoot in bright lighting conditions while maintaining a shallow depth of field.
|This special FX filter creates streaks of light from one central source of light in the frame, making the light source resemble a star.
|This special FX filter creates a singular streak of light from one central source of light in the frame.