Filters for Landscape Photography

With the exception of the filters used for black-and-white photography (see the article Black & White Landscape Photography) the numbers of filters used for capturing color landscapes are few, mostly due to the fact that, in digital imaging, many white balance and filter effects can be addressed in camera.

ND-Grad Filters in the Digital Age

When I started out in photography shooting slide film, I was trained to carry two "mandatory" filters: a polarizer and a set of graduated neutral density filters (ND-grads). Polarizing filters not only increase contrast in skies, but they are indispensible in removing glare and reflections from water and foliage. ND-grad filters offer a way of compressing tones in scenes with a large dynamic range.

Essential Gear for the Working Pro

As a working photographer, the center of the universe is your camera bag and its contents. Your cameras and lenses are the tools of your trade. As you may have noted, both are mentioned in plural because just as you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a backup parachute, you shouldn’t attempt to photograph an emotionally spiked, non-repeatable event armed with only one camera.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 4: Filters

While many "looks" can be achieved in post-production, certain aspects of the image are better controlled before the image is recorded. Optical filters modify the light before it enters the lens. The benefit of using optical filters instead of digital filters is that there is no added time in post production and less degradation of the image quality, especially in HDSLRs, which already have limited color space and a highly compressed image.

Filters: Glass, Gel, Acrylic, Latex and Electronic

Not all that long ago, if you mentioned photographic filters to the amateur photographer it was assumed you were talking about traditional glass filters, specifically the round type that screws into the front of the lens.

The Bokeh Masters Kit

The Bokeh Masters Kit  contains 21 pre-cut circular templates that enable you to add unique and playful shapes to the out-of-focus highlights in your photographs, especially when used with point light sources such as street lights, spot lights and candles.

First Look: Singh-Ray Vari-ND and Mor-Slo ND Filters

Singh-Ray filters have long been a part of the landscape for creative photographers, filmmakers and videographers. But the folks at Singh-Ray never seem content to let things stay the way they are. Among the results of their non-passive creative development are two new products that enable you to push the limits of still and motion-picture imaging under bright lighting conditions.

THK announces new Hoya HRT circular polarizer filter

For travel, landscape, architectural, and other outdoor photographic applications, your most valuable imaging tool (after your camera and lens) is a Polarizing filter. But the benefits of Polarizing filters come at a cost, specifically, light loss. To soften the blow (and in many cases make the difference between a ‘keeper’ and an ‘almost-but-not-quite-a-keeper’ photo) we now stock Hoya HRT-series Circular Polarizing filters. These filters transmit about 25% more light compared to conventional Polarizing filters, which when shooting works out to about 1/3-stop more light.

Filtering in Real-Time

 In a perfect world you don’t need a filter. Your lens, even the most basic of kit lenses, comes pre-coated to minimize flare and color aberration. And when not in use, every lens comes with a lens cap that protects the front element of your lens and never ever unknowingly falls off your camera as you stroll down the boulevard. But we don’t live in a perfect world so forget about all of the above. (And by the way, I think you just lost your lens cap)


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