The Most Important Filters For Landscape Photography
Digital Photography Landscape Photography
October 22, 2019

When you stand before a beautiful landscape, you will realise how there are so many colors and tones in front of you that needs to be captured by the camera precisely. And to increase the beauty of the landscape photograph, you can use these filters.


These external filters look like they have a very subtle effect on the photograph, but when you look at it closely, with an expert eye, you will realise that it makes your photograph, whole lot different than the one clicked without any filter.


And in this blog, we will tell you about the best filters for landscape photography and how you can use it to enhance your photographs.


These Are The Various Filters You Must Use For Landscape Photography



Polariser Filter



Polariser Filter:


If you are new to using filters, then let me tell you, this is a good place to start with. And certainly the single most important filter to have in your collection. The polarising filter will not just make your landscape photos look different, but it will also create a different effect on any other kind of photograph you click.


It has special filters to enhance the saturation in a photograph and make look at all the colors more vibrant and bright. Especially the blue sky and green grassy land. One of the effects that I personally like is, how this filter will cut down any sort of reflection, so now tou can capture the colors and depth of any object. 


For eg: with this filter, you can see right through the depths of water without any reflection. Or you will no longer see reflections on a shiny rock or leaves etc.


As an effect, all the bright sunny light is reduced from your photograph and all the other colors look more balanced and natural. 


How To Use Polarising Filter:


Like I said above, that this filters helps to tackle the brightness of the sun. but while doing so, you must compose your photograph in a way where the sun is on either side and not on in the front or back of the frame.


And you can control the strength of this filter by simply rotating it.



Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters



Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters:


The special quality of a neutral filter is its ability to neutralise the colors in your photograph without completely changing it. 


It basically works by reducing the light that enters your camera sensor. But there is a slight difference here. A normal ND filter will neutralise your photograph evenly throughout the frame, making the brighter places look neutral and the darker places look darker.


However, the Graduated ND filter works slightly differently, with its ability to neutralise a photograph with a gradient effect. It will gradually change the gradation as you reach the bottom from the top. Where the top is darker and it becomes lighter as we move down, giving you a completely transparent filter by the bottom of the photograph.


This is especially useful in landscape photography, as you will mostly be shooting under the bright sunny sky and this filter will help you to capture a perfect photograph with necessary light around every part of the picture.


Which Graduated ND Filter To Buy?


There is a wide range of filters available with different strength, but you can begin with a 0.3 filter with 1 stop reduction or 0.6 filter with 2 stop reduction and if you combine these two, you will get a 0.9 filter which is 3 stop reduction.



Warming Filter



Warming Filters:


A beautiful landscape is the one that has the warmth of the sun and other bright colors caused by the sunlight falling on them. However, you might come across a pale blue stormy sky, lacking colors and that is when your warming filter will play the role.


When you use a warming filter, you will get a scene of slightly orange tint, reducing the cold blueness out of your image. 


Which Warming Filter To Buy?


The most commonly used warming filters include the 81 series, with th 81A, 81B and 81C with reducing amount of strength. 




However, there are always n number of possibilities you can try to make your photographs look even more beautiful.


One of the best ways to try out your creativity is by ‘Stacking’ or what we simply call as combining the filters. Basically using a combination of two filters to capture a photograph.


There are definitely some challenges you will face while you Stack, but it’s definitely worth a shot. Moreover, you will get to learn some new fun techniques.

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