In the days of digital photography, it is often the view that filters are old-fashioned and unnecessary, but there’s a lot to be said for still using a filter to capture the best image in-camera.
Filters can be indispensable for capturing landscapes in extremely difficult lighting conditions, they can enhance colors and reduce reflections. Polarizing and ND filters can produce effects that are time-consuming or even impossible to replicate digitally. Don’t rely on Photoshop to add effects and rectify badly exposed image, have some fun using filters in the field to capture the best image in-camera. These are 3 of the most used filters that every serious landscape photographer should own.
A polarizing filter is the most important filter you will own for landscape photography for useful for removing reflections on water making skys a deeper blue. It is worth investing in a good quality one, as cheap ones often do not have the same polarizing effect.
Graduated ND filters are used to help balance bright skies in landscape photography, these filters are available in both hard and soft graduations.
Hard – Best for defined/strait horizons, eg on the coastline.Available in strengths of 2, 3 & 4 stop
Soft – Best for more complex horizon lines eg a mountain. Available in strengths of 2, 3 & 4 stop
Reverse – Hard grad with soft fade upwards for shooting into the sun at sunset. Available in strengths of 2 & 3 stop
Solid ND filters are used to reduce exposure in landscape photography, often to capture flowing water and long exposures.
Most filters can be bought in both screw-in or Magnetic types. Magnetic filters can be screwed directly to the thread on your lens, where slot-in filters require a filter holder.
82mm Magnetic filters
100mm Slot-in filters
Benro filters are one of the top brands of filters and offer outstanding optical quality. The innovative new FH100M3 holder makes the use of graduated filters precise and easy with a unique gear knob to adjust the height of the filter within the holder, along with a magnetic circular polarizing filter. Each filter sits within a plastic frame to protect it from fingerprints while being handled and from being damaged while not within the filter holder.
A great starter kit for long-exposure photography. The kit includes the following:
A full pro landscape kit for long exposures and balancing bright sky in any situation. The kit includes all items in the Long Exposure Kit, plus:
As we have found that people often attend workshops without ND/Grad filters, we partnered with ProGear to recommend the best Benro Filter Kits and provide you with an exclusive 10% discount on these items.
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