The first filter we suggest you buy is a UV filter. It’s a protective filter that doesn’t affect your camera settings, but could save your lens from being damaged. The next filter we recommend is a Circular Polarising Filter and after that, explore ND filters.
UV filters can be left on your lens permanently as no additional coloration or contrast is created and your exposure settings aren’t affected, at the same time, you’ll be protecting your lens.
CPL filters remove reflections and increase colour saturation. They are great for removing unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as glass or water. A CPL is the perfect filter for cutting through water glare as well as providing a rich blue sky in glary conditions.
When you are ready to start experimenting with aperture and shutter speed settings, reach for an ND filter. ND filters allow you to open up your aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field, and to slow your shutter speed for motion blur, even in bright conditions.
For a detailed product overview and comparisons between filters, please check our handy filter chart.