Spin-on oil filters are smooth, cylindrical canisters with knurling (flutes) around the bottom edge. For something so simple looking it is amazing how difficult they can be to change. While you would think that you should be able to unscrew them with your hands, it is often difficult to get a grip due to a film of oil. Also at issue is the physical location and the tightness of the filter. That usually means you need an oil filter wrench.
The type of wrench you use depends on the location of the filter mount, the amount of clearance you have around the filter and how tight the filter is attached. If the space is cramped, you probably need a type that attaches to the end of the filter such as a socket type or spider type filter wrench. If space is not an issue, than a band type or a pliers wrench work great because they have long handles for added leverage. Usually you will try several types until you find the ones that work well for you. A lot is a matter of personal preference.
Many filter wrenches for home use can be purchased for less than $10.00. Although not recommended, in an emergency screwdrivers have been driven with a hammer through the filter to allow for removal. If you ever have to do this be sure that you work at the end of the filter to prevent damage to the internal oil pipe.
One manufacturer (K&N) makes canister type filters with a nut welded to the end so a special oil filter wrench is not even needed. Their automotive and marine oil filters have a 1” nut welded to the top of the canister while their motorcycle and ATV oil filters have a 17 mm nut.