Everything You Need to Know About Filters in Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers make use of filters quite a bit to help control and enhance their imagery and to enable certain artistic choices. This helpful video will introduce you to the different types of filters and how they affect your photos.

Coming to you from Mike Perea Photography, this great video talks about landscape photography and the different filters used in the genre. There are essentially two types of filters you need to know about: neutral density (ND) and circular polarizer (CPL). A neutral density filter cuts down the amount of light entering your lens, thus allowing you to lengthen your exposure by several stops. Landscape photographers frequently use these to create smooth water or clouds. Graduated ND filters are also used to help balance the extreme dynamic range often seen between the sky and land. On the other hand, a polarizing filter helps to add contrast to the sky and cut down on glare, which can be useful when shooting things like water or wet vegetation. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Thank you guys so much for sharing my video!