Tips for Using Filters in Natural Light

The following table attempts to summarise how I think about using filters for any given lighting situation. Bear in mind that this is dependent on the iso and aperture you are shooting with. I will make the assumption that for most landscape images, you will be shooting with a relatively small aperture (upwards of F8) , and as low iso as you can. The suggested filter is a starting point whereby you are most likely to achieve the result you are after. Changes may need to be made depending on specific conditions at the time.

 

Desired effect

Time of day

Slight water trailing

1/5-1 second

Blue hour

Post sunset

Pre sunrise

CPL alone

Golden Hour

Pre sunset

Post sunrise

3 stop ND

Middle of day

Overcast

3 stop ND

Middle of day

Bright sunshine

6 stop ND

Forest scene

Diffuse light

CPL alone

 

@ Mattias Sjoulund  Shot with NiSi V6 + IR ND 8

 

Desired effect

Time of day

Smooth water

1-30 seconds

Blue hour

Post sunset

Pre sunrise

3-6 stop ND

Golden Hour

Pre sunset

Post sunrise

6 stop ND

Middle of day

Overcast

6 stop ND

Middle of day

Bright sunshine

10 stop ND

Forest scene

Diffuse light

CPL alone

@ Jose Ramos  Shot with NiSi V6 + Medium GND 16 + IR ND 16

Desired effect

Time of day

Streaking clouds (fast moving)

1-5 minutes

Blue hour

Post sunset

Pre sunrise

6 stop ND

Golden Hour

Pre sunset

Post sunrise

10 stop ND

Middle of day

Overcast

10 stop ND

Middle of day

Bright sunshine

15 stop ND

Forest scene

Diffuse light

 

@ Qianli Zhang  Shot with NiSi V6 + Soft GND 16 + IR ND 1000

 

Desired effect

Time of day

Streaking clouds (slow moving)

>5 minutes

Blue hour

Post sunset

Pre sunrise

10 stop ND

Golden Hour

Pre sunset

Post sunrise

10-15 stop ND

Middle of day

Overcast

10-15 stop ND

Middle of day

Bright sunshine

15 stop ND

Forest scene

Diffuse light

 

@ Takashi Nakazawa  Shot with NiSi V6 + IR ND 8 + IR ND 1000

 

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