Filter For Landscape Photography

Filter For Landscape Photography

Discussion 5 Add new comment Add comment Cancel 3 months agoLeann Ruth SA The landscaping that you guys have in the US is breath taking. The why you cachery the lighting as well as chowing the wright time of the day and chowing the wrigh lens to use all sow helps  macks the photography speeck to one. Will done. I can ionly dream of being able to caption such buty where I am livoing in SA. Good luck 4 the fucher. reply quote 1 year agoBill W I’m just becoming interested in filter use and my question is; even if I’m shooting in RAW, using a filter (e.g. warming filter) I should avoid using AWB?   thanks bill reply quote 1 year agoYossi O In general, I tend to avoid auto white balance in favor of doing a custom white balance.  If its worth taking the time for  your shot to add fitlers and make the trip, take an extra minute or two and do the custom white balance.  Ultimately you’ll have the most accurate color capture, even when using warming filters or polarizers etc.  reply quote 4 years agoAnthony Parkes Hello, I am looking for a “Two stop. soft edge medium density filter. for my Canon EOS 7D Camera. The lens is a EFS 18 to 135 mm lens. I would like a very good quality filter. Thank you. Anthony reply quote 4 years agoChuck C Hello, Hitech Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of .3 (1 stop), .6 (2 stops), .9 (3 stops), 1.2 (4 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A neutral density .6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series. Hitech 85mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Resin Filter – Soft Edge – for Cokin P The Cokin Creative Filter System consists of a rectangular plastic filter holder with four slots (one for Cokin rotating filters and three for rectangular ones), a variety of optional adapter rings which click into place and rotate, and many optical resin filters. Cokin “P” Series – Filter Holder, 67mm Adapter Ring reply quote

Filter For Landscape Photography

ND grad filters have a few variables. The first is whether the filter has a hard or soft edge. There is a reason for this and both types are useful. The hard edge filter has a very definite transition between the dark gradient part of the filter and the part that is clear. The soft edge filter gently blends the gradient across the filter, so the line is less obvious. Each one of these filters are used on different scenes. For example, the hard edge filter is really useful if you have a very definite horizon line (i.e. a seascape or a landscape scene where the horizon is pretty flat and straight). The soft edge filter is used for scenes where there is no clear horizon (i.e. a forest or street scene). Learning when to use which type of filter takes some practice, but once you can visualise what the result will look like, it is pretty easy.
Filter For Landscape Photography

Filter For Landscape Photography

Speaking of filters, there are many choices of rectangular filters available to use with a filter holder, such as soft-edge graduated neutral density filter, hard-edge graduated neutral density filter and reverse graduated neutral density filter, in various intensities from different manufacturers. If you are not sure which one to get, I would recommend the 3 stop (0.9) soft-edge graduated neutral density filter from Formatt-Hitech. A 3 stop filter is going to be the most versatile filter for landscape photography – it is the one I typically use the most when the light is much brighter than the foreground. NiSi filters are great, but if you don’t take a good care of them, you can easily scratch the coating off the glass surface – the Formatt-Hitech filters are better in this regard.
Filter For Landscape Photography

Filter For Landscape Photography

A polarizing filter is a must-have tool for landscape photography. It is typically the first filter landscape photographers buy to instantly improve their pictures and and add vividness and contrast to them. A polarizer can reduce reflections from objects such as water and glass and can be used to darken the sky, bring out the clouds and even reduce atmospheric haze, making the scene look much more vivid. For all normal lenses that have a filter thread in the front, you can get a circular polarizing filter, also known as a “circular polarizer”. A circular polarizer is very easy to use and once you attach it on the front of your lens, all you need to do is rotate it clockwise or counter-clockwise to get a different amount of polarization. Polarizing filters work by blocking certain light waves from entering the lens. Rotating a polarizer allows certain types of light waves to pass through, while blocking other ranges of light waves. Thus, you could turn a sky from light blue to very dark blue or increase/decrease reflections by simply rotating the filter.

Filter For Landscape Photography

The other type of filter screws on to the front of the lens.  For this type of filter, you’ll just have to look at the front of your lens and see where it has the filter size.  It will be a number like 72mm, 77mm, 58mm, etc.  If you think you’ll be using the filter on more than one lens, then the general wisdom is to buy the filter in the largest size lens you own and then use step down rings to fit it to your smaller lenses.  For my personal taste, this is annoying!  I just buy the filter for my wide-angle lens.

Filter For Landscape Photography

4 years agoAnthony Parkes Hello, I am looking for a “Two stop. soft edge medium density filter. for my Canon EOS 7D Camera. The lens is a EFS 18 to 135 mm lens. I would like a very good quality filter. Thank you. Anthony reply quote 4 years agoChuck C Hello, Hitech Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of .3 (1 stop), .6 (2 stops), .9 (3 stops), 1.2 (4 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A neutral density .6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series. Hitech 85mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Resin Filter – Soft Edge – for Cokin P The Cokin Creative Filter System consists of a rectangular plastic filter holder with four slots (one for Cokin rotating filters and three for rectangular ones), a variety of optional adapter rings which click into place and rotate, and many optical resin filters. Cokin “P” Series – Filter Holder, 67mm Adapter Ring reply quote

Filter For Landscape Photography

Hi Nasim!Your articles provide an immense insight into all aspects of Photography, which is of great value to all photo enthusiasts. Thank you!I have a Nikon D90 with the following lenses; 105mm macro, 10:24mm wide, 18-200mm zoom, 80-400mm zoom; for Filters I have the B+W Kaesemann 77mm MRC circular Polarizing filter with a 77-72 step down ring. Is this configuration good enough for Macro, Nature, and, Wildlife ( including Birding ) Photography? If not, what other lenses and Filters would you recommend. Specifically, which model of Singh-Ray GND square or rectangular filter should I use, the specs of this filter confuse me and since I will be buying online I don’t want to make any errors. Also, which holders and adaptors do I need to use this particular filter on my lenses.Thank you very much! Regards,Sudhir Kochhar

I have a Nikon D90 with the following lenses; 105mm macro, 10:24mm wide, 18-200mm zoom, 80-400mm zoom; for Filters I have the B+W Kaesemann 77mm MRC circular Polarizing filter with a 77-72 step down ring. Is this configuration good enough for Macro, Nature, and, Wildlife ( including Birding ) Photography? If not, what other lenses and Filters would you recommend. Specifically, which model of Singh-Ray GND square or rectangular filter should I use, the specs of this filter confuse me and since I will be buying online I don’t want to make any errors. Also, which holders and adaptors do I need to use this particular filter on my lenses.
Filter For Landscape Photography

Perhaps one of the most overlooked and undervalued tools you can own as a photographer is a Neutral Density filter (ND Filter) or Graduated ND Filter. In fact, if photography is considered painting with light then a ND filter would be considered the brush tip. You see, different paint brush tips can be used to regulate, if you will, the amount of paint you apply with each stroke – just like different Neutral Density or Graduated ND filters can be used to regulate the amount of light you allow to enter your camera.

Hello Nasim,I’m very happy to find this website… THE most helpful instruction I’ve ever received fro an internet source, book, or individual…Thanks a million!I, too, question as the poster above…I just purchased a B+W CP filter…. and I can only afford one other filter for budgetary reasons.For a “””new”””landscape photographer enthusiast on a budget what would you recommend.A 2-stop or 3-stop Soft-edged GND?I want to try and shoot before 10am in the mornings and in the afternoons no earlier than 3:30pm but still very contrasty conditions here in Hawaii .My plan is to screw-on my CPL filter and adjust/expose for the foreground and hand-hold a soft-edged GND filter…Thank you for help and advice!!!Pohaku8