What Filters Are Really Necessary for Landscape Photographers?

Landscape photographers often employ filters for a variety of reasons in order to shape and improve their images. With so many options out there, it can be difficult for a beginner to know which filters are truly useful and which you can probably live without. This helpful video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer discussing some of the most important filters for the genre. 

Coming to you from Alister Benn of Expressive Photography, this great video tutorial discusses the use of filters in landscape filters, particularly ND filters and polarizing filters. The beauty of ND filters is that they allow you to use much longer shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible, allowing you to do things like create silky smooth flows of water and cloud. When it comes to a polarizing filter, the most important thing to remember is that some of its effects cannot be recreated in post-processing, particularly their ability to cut down on reflections and allow you to bring out more color or things like leaves that are underwater. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Benn.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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This was an advertisement that just demonstrates the PROs without the CONS or was it all a con. The polarizer only works at certain angles for instance... Go LEARN from a teacher not an advertiser.... The omissions here was the mission......