The Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV filter is a winner in my opinion. It has both the polarization and UV protection, but most importantly it does not cut down on the light reaching your camera sensor as much as many of the others. Together with its low cost, I think this is the filter every photographer should own.
Fall can be an incredible time of the year for photography. With vibrant fall colors of orange, red, yellow, brown, and green, these are the ingredients for some stunning photos. There are a few steps you can take to maximize your photo’s potential and get even better shots. Continue reading
Comparing Circular Polarizers
I have two circular polarizing filters in my camera bag that seem to perform about the same…but do they? I did a simple test with my camera to find out. Here’s how they compare:
… Because a Protective Filter Can Be Your Friend … or Enemy
There are only a few times when I want to use a protective filter on my camera lens, and here’s why:
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How Important is Light?
Light is everything. Everything. Light is everything to a photographer. Light is more important than the subject. A good subject but bad light = a bad photo. Good light wins every time. Continue reading
I’m interested in making the best landscape and nature photos that I possibly can. With that in mind, I thought I would look at two outstanding sites where great photos are displayed and see what the best photos there all have in common. Here’s what I found… Continue reading
When it comes to your photos, how sharp is sharp enough? Almost everyone wants crisp, detailed photos without blur and in good focus. In addition some sharp edges look great in the right places. But how to achieve all of this? Continue reading
Sometimes a photo will have just too much of a particular color (color cast) or overall too much color such as from a polarizing filter. The Singh-Ray LB Color Combo filter sometimes does this to my photos and I have to “tone them down” in Lightroom. Here’s what I do to achieve more pleasing color in these types of images: Continue reading
There’s a very short answer to this question and it should not be surprising to any good photographer. Continue reading
Here are two handy checklists that I consult when I use filters and/or a tripod: Continue reading
Want to remember what filter you used when you shot a photo? Want it to stay with the photo in the metadata?
I’ve been looking for a way to do this for a long time. I use filters when I shoot my photos, and I like to remember what filters or combination of filters that I used when I took each one. This helps me know what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to using filters.
Until now, I haven’t found a way to get that information into a photo’s metadata (the technical data that is attached to each photo in the file itself). There just wasn’t a field for it. Continue reading
In my photographs, I like to show what it would look like if I were actually right there looking at it. I want realism. I like that. So I usually shoot water so I can see almost every drop and ripple – a snapshot in time just as if I were there. But, that’s me.
The overwhelming majority of people like to see water as a blurred, fuzziness without drops or ripples. I’ve heard it termed “silky” or “flowing.”
No problem, I’ll show you how to do both:
“Using a Lens Cover“ is my latest video showing how a lens cover works and how it can prevent damage to a camera lens.
Using those little spring-loaded lens caps that come with most camera lenses just don’t work when using screw-on filters. They don’t fit. The better bet is with lens covers and this video will show you the kind that I use and even a tip on how to use them!P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!
Maybe you already do this simple thing, but in this short video I show you my trick and how it can save you some considerable cost and damage to your polarizing filter!
“Safely Removing a Filter” is my latest video showing how to remove a screw-in type of photographic filter from the lens of a camera.
Besides showing how to safely handle a filter, it also shows the benefit of having a lens hood.P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!
“Changing Lenses on Your Camera“ is my latest video showing how to change from one lens to another on a camera.
This is a really basic video and changing lenses is really a basic thing, but I hope with this I could show you some techniques that I use to not only change the lens, but keep it from getting dust or scratches on it.
I liked making this video partly because it is so basic, that I really had to stop and think about each step I would normally take naturally without thinking. And changing lenses in a car can be somewhat tricky in itself!P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!
“Installing a Screw-in Type of Photographic Filter Onto Your Camera“ is my latest video showing how to apply a screw-in type of photographic filter to the lens of a camera.
While basic, this video shows how to do this relatively simple procedure step-by-step and in a somewhat inconvenient location — in a car.
I hope you will enjoy watching this as much as I did in making it!P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!
Filters and Your Camera’s White Balance
Here is a valuable lesson on filters when it comes to white balance. I’ve found that when I use any of my main filters, I have to follow one simple rule in order to avoid ugly color casts in my photos and that is… Continue reading
Here’s what I learned about photography from my recent trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons!
I went there on vacation in mid-September, and it was the perfect time with the crowds gone and the elk running all over the place. The foliage was still green in low lands, but turning in the high lands where it had just frosted.
Before leaving, I was really wondering what gear to take to get the types of shots I wanted. So, I took everything I had. But here are the items that I really used, so maybe you won’t have to take so much stuff. Continue reading
An essential filter that the landscape photographer must have is the circular polarizing filter. This filter, as its name implies, polarizes the light that passes through it on its way to the camera lens.