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Must-Have Filters for Landscape Photography

Must-Have Filters for Landscape Photography

By Nasim Mansurov

While I was photographing the beautiful scenery of the Glacier National Park at sunrise, I realized that some filters are pretty much required to get good results when photographing landscapes. While many photographers think that some of the built-in tools in Lightroom and Photoshop can simulate filter behavior, making filters redundant in the digital age, some filters in fact can never be simulated in software, while others help in getting even better results in post-processing. If you do not know what filters are and what they are used for, I highly recommend reading my “lens filters explained” article before you continue to read this one.

1) Polarizing Filter

B+W Circular Polarizing Filter

A polarizing filter is a must-have tool for landscape photography. It is typically the first filter landscape photographers buy to instantly improve their pictures and and add vividness and contrast to them. A polarizer can reduce reflections from objects such as water and glass and can be used to darken the sky, bring out the clouds and even reduce atmospheric haze, making the scene look much more vivid. For all normal lenses that have a filter thread in the front, you can get a circular polarizing filter, also known as a “circular polarizer”. A circular polarizer is very easy to use and once you attach it on the front of your lens, all you need to do is rotate it clockwise or counter-clockwise to get a different amount of polarization. Polarizing filters work by blocking certain light waves from entering the lens. Rotating a polarizer allows certain types of light waves to pass through, while blocking other ranges of light waves. Thus, you could turn a sky from light blue to very dark blue or increase/decrease reflections by simply rotating the filter.

The effect of polarization cannot be reproduced or simulated in post-processing, especially when dealing with natural reflections. Take a look at the below image:

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in HDR, Landscape, Post Processing, Technique, Tutes & Tips, Worth a Look

 

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17 Awesome HDR Shots That Aren’t Overdone

By Light Stalking

HDR (High Dynamic Range) images often make our eyes bleed. Don’t get us wrong, we think HDR is an awesome way to bring out lighting in a photograph that was difficult to bring out in any other way, but since the world was first introduced to HDR, it has been a little overdone by some folks. Now sometimes overdone has its place, but we should remember that you can also use HDR to produce realistic and beautiful photographs. Here are a few that we think get the balance just right.

Majestic Tree by G a r r y.

Majestic Tree by G a r r y.

Strange by Christolakis.

Strange by Christolakis.

Autumn at Rock Island Falls by Lee McCain.

Autumn at Rock Island Falls by Lee McCain.

Morning Meeting at the Fish Market by Lucas Jans.

Morning Meeting at the Fish Market by Lucas Jans.

Good Morning by Lutz-R. Frank.

Good Morning by Lutz-R. Frank.

The home of the red knight!! by fatboyke.

The home of the red knight!! by fatboyke.

The Lightness of Being by Lee McCain.

The Lightness of Being by Lee McCain.

Milan – Il Duomo – 12-01-2008 – 00h11 by Panoramas.

Milan – Il Duomo – 12-01-2008 – 00h11 by Panoramas.

Single by Christolakis.

Single by Christolakis.

Steveston style Cosmetic Surgery – Bow lift by janusz l.

Steveston style Cosmetic Surgery – Bow lift by janusz l.

Passeggiando by Roby Ferrari.

Passeggiando by Roby Ferrari.

Into the future but not without the past by janusz l.

Into the future but not without the past by janusz l.

All Ashore by ecstaticist..

All Ashore by ecstaticist.

Sunrise and Fog on the Refuge by Lee McCain.

Sunrise and Fog on the Refuge by Lee McCain.

Holsbeek, Belgium by fatboyke.

Holsbeek, Belgium by fatboyke.

View from our cottage by wili_hybrid.

View from our cottage by wili_hybrid.

Jungfrau by Pear Biter.

Jungfrau by Pear Biter.

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Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Featured, HDR, Inspiration, Worth a Look

 

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