The Lee 81 Series of filters control the bluish coloration that affects daylight film. They can also remove excessive blue from the effects of electronic flash.
It's Autumn. The clouds are low hanging and the sky is "patchy blue". You've gone for a ride upstate to the mountains and the light in open shade is bluish. A photo taken of your girlfriend with daylight balanced film leaning against the side of a barn will yield bluish tones that she might not find particularly flattering.
An 81B filter will replace even more yellow than an 81A and bring her skin tones back to a more appealing level. An 81B can also be used with electronic flash to reduce the amount of "blue" generated by the flash. The 81 series (81A, B, C, D and EF) allows you to choose how much warmth you wish to replace in the image.
Lee makes the 81 series of filters in many sizes to accommodate the many uses this filter has. This filter can be used by the pro and amateur alike, weekend photo warrior or pro cinematographer and must be considered an essential addition to any photo arsenal.
Note: Whereas the 81 Series of filters creates a feeling of warmth, the 82 Series creates a feeling of coolness.
81 Series Conversion Factors
- 81 decreases color temperature from 3300 - 3200 degrees Kelvin
- 81A decreases color temperature from 3400 - 3200 degrees Kelvin
- 81B decreases color temperature from 3500 - 3200 degrees Kelvin
- 81C decreases color temperature from 3600 - 3200 degrees Kelvin
- 81D decreases color temperature from 3700 - 3200 degrees Kelvin
- 81EF decreases color temperature from 3900 - 3200 degrees Kelvin