Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by photoman720, Jul 14, 2007.
What are some neccesary filters for landscape and all around photgraphy. Thanks!
UV and a polarizer seem to be the defacto ones most carry around. The rest depend on what kind of shooting you plan on doing.
I second the polarizer and UV filter. I would add IR and/or Graduated/split ND filters.
Polarizer: helps to richen the color saturation in the scene, and/or augment the level of reflected light from water/glass/ice, so you can see through it.
UV filter: For landscape scenes including a good bit of distance, a haze can enter into your photographs from the UV light coming down. A UV filter will cut down on this "background light".
IR: IR landscape shots are otherwordly.
Graduated ND filters: Great for sunset/bright sky landscapes, so that you can capture both land and sky without over or under exposing either.
A split ND can be simulated exactly in photoshop by taking 2 pictures a few stops apart, putting them on top of each other, and applying a gradient mask. I wouldn't spend my money there.
Another interesting one is a B-Y Polariser. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/b-y_polarizer.shtml
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