Guide to Filters

Filters for Landscape Photography

A Guide To Camera Fliters

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.

Polarizing Filters

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 Filters

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

Solid ND filters are used to reduce exposure in landscape photography, often to capture flowing water and long exposures.

  • 4 stops (ND16) – Best for long exposures in lower light at sunset
  • 6 Stops (ND64) – Best for long exposures leading up to sunset & waterfalls/rivers on an overcast day
  • 10 Stops (ND1000) – Best for long exposures during the day


Screw-in or Magnatic filters?

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

  • Good choice for ND and Polarising filters that are often left on your lens
  • Require no filters holder and can be screwed directly into your lens
  • Very quick to use and change filters
  • They can fit on any lens smaller than 82mm with adapter rings

100mm Slot-in filters

  • Require a filters holder, that screws onto your lens to hold the filter
  • Multiple filters can be used without vignetting
  • Very quick to use and change filters
  • Graduated filters can be positioned on the horizon line by moving them up and down in the holder



Benro Filter Kits

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.

FH100M3 Long Exposure Kit 

A great starter kit for long-exposure photography. The kit includes the following:

  • FH100M3 Filter Holder & filter case
  • 6-stop ND filter
  • 10-stop ND filter
  • 2-stop hard grad ND filter
  • 95 magnetic circular polariser
  • Adapters step ring for 82mm, 77mm, 72mm & 67mm lenses (additional step ring can be ordered)

FH100M3 Professional Landscape Kit

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:

  • 4-stop ND filter (For long exposures at sunset)
  • 3-stop soft grad ND filter (For forest & mountain horizons)
  • 3-stop reverse grad ND filter (For shooting into the sun at sunset)

10% Discount at ProGear

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. 

Please note we do not sell these ourselves to receive any commission from sales; this is just to help you buy the best gear at the best price!

To Order

Please call 09 529 5055 or email and quote “NZPW BENRO OFFER”

Please note we do not sell these ourselves to receive any commission from sales; this is just to help you in buying the best gear at the best price!

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