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How to Photograph Coastal Landscapes

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How to Photograph Coastal Landscapes

 photo by Joshua McDonough  via iStock Coastal landscapes are some of my favorites because they offer so many different opportunities for landscape photos. Sunrises and sunsets, detail shots of texture-filled beached, motion blur of the ocean’s waves, and piers at night are just a few of my favorite subjects. But as with any kind of photography, there’s more to creating a beautiful coastal landscape photo than simply pointing your camera at something that looks pretty. With that in mind, here’s a few tips on how to photograph coastal landscapes. Coastal Landscape Photography Tip #1: Protect Your Camera photo by dchadwick via iStock I...

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Why Lens Filters are Better Than Photoshop

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Why Lens Filters are Better Than Photoshop

photo byMorgan Somers  via iStock It seems to me there’s a perception that lens filters are old-school and they are no longer needed by the modern photographer. I say that’s completely incorrect… In fact, there are plenty of reasons why lens filters are better than Photoshop, Lightroom, and other post-processing programs. Need a good, budget-friendly polarizing filter for your camera? Start shopping now. Advantages of Lens Filters: They Save Time   photo by Koldunov via iStock I know that when photographers that haven’t used filters look at filters, the first thing they think is that it takes too much time to attach them to...

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Why Variable ND Filters are Better Than Fixed ND Filters

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Why Variable ND Filters are Better Than Fixed ND Filters

photo by DieterMeyrl via iStock The title of this article will make old-timers gasp because in the past, variable ND filters had quite the reputation for not being very good.  In particular, poorly-made variable ND filters often created an ugly X-pattern of darkness right in the middle of the photo. Usually, this X-pattern showed up when using the minimum or maximum densities offered by a cheap variable ND filter, though some were so bad that the X-pattern shows up throughout the variability range. And while this problem persists in some low-budget variable NDs, it’s no longer an issue for higher-quality filters. Other...

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Best Variable ND Filters of 2019

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Best Variable ND Filters of 2019

 photo by jk78 via iStock If you’re a landscape photographer, there are plenty of different filters you should have in your bag. A polarizer is a must, and a graduated neutral density filter is a good asset as well. Many landscape photographers also carry a kit of neutral density filters. I used to be one such photographer, but now I’ve started using a variable ND filter instead.  The convenience of having multiple ND filters in one is simply too good to pass up. Of course, like any other lens filters, there are good and bad options when choosing a variable ND. If you’re...

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5 Budget-Friendly Filters

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5 Budget-Friendly Filters

Photo by DieterMeyrl via iStock Let's face it... Photography is expensive enough as it is, so after you buy a camera and a lens or two, you might feel your pocketbook complaining. But there are accessories you need to enhance your ability to use your new camera and lenses to their fullest extent. This includes a quality lens filter. Some lens filters are extremely expensive - like as much as a camera body! But you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a quality filter. The filters I've listed below prove that point. Best Budget-Friendly Filters: Circular Polarizers Kenko Nyumon...

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