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HDR PHOTOGRAPHY LENS FILTER

The only filter we use for HDR Photography is an Neutral Density (ND) filter. An ND filter reduces the amount of light entering the lens, and this allows us to achieve effects we wouldn’t be able to shoot normally. For instance, with an ND filter we can drag the shutter when it’s too bright outside, this works especially well when you want to get a glassy water effect. This also works well when you’re in a crowded location and you don’t want the photo to look so populated, you can drag the shutter long enough so that the people walking through the scene won’t be picked up.
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Just like tripods, there’s a lot of cheap ND filters out there that are no good. Putting a cheap ND filter on your lens can reduce sharpness and add color artifacts to your image. ND Filters should be completely neutral (hence the name) and that’s why we only use one brand of ND filter in our studio, the Singh-Ray ND filter. If you don’t have the budget for a Singh-Ray ND Filter and you want to start practicing, a good budget filter would be the Polaroid ND Filter. Keep in mind that you will get color degradation with the Polaroid ND filter but at least you can try out the effect and see if it’s something worth investing in.

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