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    Some Advice On Filters

    I recently wrote a blog post about filters on our blog site :

    The World Through Filtered Eyes

    I'm not sure if it belongs here in this forum?
    If mods think it belongs elsewhere, happy to move it and also convert it into the right format for this forum without linking.

    Let me know what you think (it is entirely based on opinion with very little technical detail I think)
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    That was VERY helpful - thank you! It's given me a bit of a checklist to use when choosing how to set up a shot, where before it's been pretty hit and miss.
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    Thanks Michaela - (it's still a little hit and miss for me too hehe)

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    The article was great Dylan, It gives me some idea of what type of filter to buy and use for different scenes.
    providing the exif data with each of the examples was terrific, Thanks
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    Thank you for that article. Very interesting and you both obviously give a lot of thought to your photography, and the results show in the excellent photos you produce.

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    Thanks so much for explaining about these filters. I now will try using that dark piece of 'glass' that I have and didn't know what to do with!

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    lol no worries red sand - thanks agb and indigo - glad it was of use

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    Thanks for this Dylan - I'm giong to laminate the questions you presented and attach them to my landscape kit bag for when I'm out in the field
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    thanks alan - good to know it has come to some use

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    This information was great. very helpful advice that as a beginner helps unravel the mystery of good photos

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    That has just answered some of my questions, re; filters, and how the hell you produce brilliant images 99% of the time.
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    thanks jofflin and geoff glad it was of help

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    Excellent post, with some gorgeous photos! Thank you :-)
    One question: I'm looking to get a CPL filter for my 10-20mm Sigma lens, but have heard that some filter brands can be seen at the edge of the photo. I noticed that one of your photos was shot with this lens, and there didn't seem to be any problems. Can I ask what brand you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnicetin View Post
    Excellent post, with some gorgeous photos! Thank you :-)
    One question: I'm looking to get a CPL filter for my 10-20mm Sigma lens, but have heard that some filter brands can be seen at the edge of the photo. I noticed that one of your photos was shot with this lens, and there didn't seem to be any problems. Can I ask what brand you use?
    whatever brand you get, make sure it's an ultraslim one - I've got a kenko and have used hoya pro-1D filters for the 10-20 in the past.

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    Dylan Great article and easily understood however you say you hand hold your Lee and Hitech filters ,how do you do this and avoid ether light getting in or moving the camera? Cheers
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    That was excellent! Very nicely written and explained in a way that even a novice like me can understand. I even made some notes to print out and keep in my camera bag.

    Yeah, thanks a million for that. Much appreciated. Stunning photos as well...

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    Your article is great! I even bookmarked it as a ready reference.

    I honestly think you should make a book. All your photos are cool and your articles are simple and straightforward! And mind you, that is an understatement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grw46 View Post
    Dylan Great article and easily understood however you say you hand hold your Lee and Hitech filters ,how do you do this and avoid ether light getting in or moving the camera? Cheers
    ironically, you get less light in by holding the filters up against the lens (with a filter holder, if light is behind you, you often get light reflected off the glass interfering with your image because there is a gap between lens and filter) - movement isn't an issue when it's related to the filters because it creates a bit of feathering of the grad line anyway (except when using a reverse GND - then I summon all my inner chi, hold my breath and try to be rock steady - sounds corny but no kidding :P). With regard to camera motion blur ,I also have alot of faith in my gitzo tripod and head set up that it is firm enough to be steady while hand holding with some contact on the camera. Those are the reasons why I persist with hand holding , though I'm pretty sure I end up having to replace filters more often from scratches The truth is, I really should get a lee filter holder system and modify it to avoid the vignetting but I'm just not that handy and I'm also great at procrastinating !

    thanks also geoff and scpleta - it's good practice to write these tutorials and get feedback from them both for my real work and photography
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    this is now bookmarked!! Thank you

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    Thanks for posting the link. Very helpful. Are you able to provide any suggestions for a small selection of ND / GND to get started?

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