Lens Filter Full Guide: How to Put & Remove Your Lens Filter

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Hello everyone, Katty is here again! Following our previous discussion on selecting the correct lens filter size, today’s tutorial will guide you through the practical steps of attaching and detaching lens filters to your camera lens. Whether you’re a beginner not aware of the existing filters on your camera or an enthusiast looking to utilize UV, ND, or CPL filters, this guide will ensure you handle your lens filters correctly and with ease.

Preparing to Attach a Lens Filter

Step 1: Inspect Your Camera Lens

Before anything else, it’s crucial to inspect your camera lens to ensure no filters are already attached unless you intend to stack them, which is uncommon for most scenarios. If you’re just starting your photography journey, take a moment to familiarize yourself with your gear and confirm that your lens is ready for a new filter.

Step 2: Identify the Correct Side of the Lens Filter

Lens filters need to be attached correctly to function as intended. Each filter typically has a designated side that should face the lens; getting this wrong could hinder its effectiveness. The correct side is usually evident and should sit flush against the lens’s outer rim.

Attaching the Lens Filter

Step 3: Align the Filter with Your Lens

Once you’ve identified the correct side:

  • Align the filter with your camera lens.
  • Gently place it against the lens mount.

Step 4: Secure the Filter by Twisting Clockwise

With the filter in position, carefully twist it clockwise. This should be done without applying much force; a smooth, gentle twist will suffice. You should feel the filter securely fitting into place as the threads catch and tighten.

Troubleshooting: If you feel resistance or the filter doesn’t twist smoothly, don’t force it. Instead, realign and try again to prevent cross-threading or damage.

Detaching the Lens Filter

Step 5: Twist Counterclockwise

When the time comes to remove your lens filter, perhaps to replace it with another or to clean your lens, the process is just as straightforward:

  • Gently twist the filter counterclockwise.
  • Continue until it detaches from the lens mount completely.

This process should be effortless if the filter was correctly attached. If you encounter difficulty, ensure you’re twisting in the correct direction and that no debris or damage is causing it to stick.

Special Case: CPL Lens Filters

Handling CPL Filters

CPL (Circular Polarizer) filters are invaluable for reducing glare and enhancing the sky’s blueness in photography, but their design can complicate attachment and removal:

  • Identifying the Correct Side: Like standard filters, ensure the correct side is facing the lens.
  • Twisting Feature: CPL filters have a base that might rotate independently of the filter element. Make sure you’re twisting the filter itself, not just the adjustable base.

Securing the CPL Filter:

  • Align the filter as you would a standard one.
  • Twist clockwise till secure, taking care not to rotate the base if your intention is only to attach the filter itself.


Attaching and removing lens filters might seem daunting at first, but with practice, it becomes a simple, smooth process that greatly enhances your photographic results. Remember, the key is gentleness—forcing a filter can damage the threads or the lens itself.

Interested in more tips and tricks? Don’t forget to check out other videos on my Youtube channel dedicated to lens filters and photography techniques. Your journey to mastering photography is just beginning, and with the right knowledge, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. See you in the next article!


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