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Filters for Landscape Photography

When digital photography really started taking off, there was speculation that this would spell the end for filter manufacturers. However, the fact is that more filters are being sold than ever before. Mark Bauer helped us put together a comprehensive guide to filters for Landscape Photography and explains why we still need them

Light is the key ingredient in photography and whereas studio photographers are in complete control of the light sources they use, those of us who shoot landscapes have no direct control. We are at the mercy of the weather, and this can make it a frustrating business. What we can do, however, is to apply a certain amount of control as to how, and how much light enters the lens, or even which part of it. For many years, this has been achieved through the use of filtration, which enables photographers to reduce the extremes of contrast in harsh lighting conditions, cut out reflections and saturate colours, artificially extend shutter speeds and alter…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 43 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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  1. Rachael Keisling on

    This is interesting and factual because photos do need a certain amount of light and darkness to create stories. No matter what the weather conditions are, it is important for professional and amateur photographers to know how much or how less light needs to be adjusted in landscape photos. For example, if you are traveling to an area where snow is and would like to take a picture of icicles sticking to an outside water faucet, don’t stand for a few minutes and tone your camera light down: take a picture of both and notice the difference between the two.

    After you have selected which photos you will post on your website, log onto the computer, open up the Photoshop program, scroll to the top and click on “image.” After you select image, scroll to adjustments and at the top, and click on brightness/contrast. Photoshop is a great way to use for editing images and so is the Adobe Lightroom. Overall, the article was excellent and good luck posting more articles to share with your landscape photography fans in the future about light. Through trials and errors, one picture will stand out with perfect lighting.

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