The 3 filters I bring to EVERY shoot

Are you tired of spending hours editing your photos after a shoot? Do you struggle to capture the perfect shot every time? As a professional photographer, I know the importance of getting it right in-camera. That’s why I always bring three essential filters to every shoot. These filters help me achieve the perfect exposure, color balance, and composition, saving me time and ensuring my clients are thrilled with the results. In this blog, I’ll share the three filters I bring to every shoot and explain how they can help you take your photography to the next level.

The 3 filters I bring to EVERY shoot

The 3 Filters I Bring to EVERY Shoot

In this video i’m going to be talking about the different kinds of lens filters that i use why i use them and how they actually improve my photography so if you’ve been thinking about lens filters wondering which ones you should get and what do you actually use them for then this Video is for you all of these filters that i will be talking about today are from a brand called nissi i went on a trip recently and i got an opportunity to try out some of nissi’s true color filters and i gotta say i did fall in love with them And so when i got back home i actually reached out to nissi and they were kind enough to send out three filters for me to test out and so far i’ve been loving them they call these filters true color because some filters especially the more inexpensive ones have a tendency to have A bit of a color shift to them so whether it’s green or magenta the color shift can kind of be a little bit annoying when you’re trying to keep your shots consistent especially if you’re taking the filters on and off nisi designed these filters to have no color Shifts so whether you’re using a filter or not your colors will stay the same and i really do appreciate that so let’s not waste any more time let’s jump into talking about the three filters that i use the most and the first one is called an nd filter or a neutral density filter

Neutral Density (ND) Filter

If you’re going to get one filter i actually recommend to get this one before you buy any others and that’s because it’s probably the most useful out of the three if you don’t already know how an nd filter works this actually cuts out the amount of light Coming through the lens so if i was just to put this on top here you can see that it’s much darker and this one is actually a variable nd which is super handy because you can actually adjust see when i turn this it gets darker And i turn it back it gets lighter so you can actually adjust the amount of light that’s being let through this gives you one to five stops of darkening and it has the stops marked on the actual lens filter itself so it’s super handy you can see what you’re doing and I love that it has hard stops as well so it stops at one stops at five it doesn’t continuously keep spinning so just like closing down your aperture it’s going to limit the amount of light coming in however it’s not going to have an effect On your depth of field so how do i actually use this in my photography well recently i went on a trip with my friend keyson to photograph a waterfall and i knew that i wanted a slow shutter speed to capture the silky smooth movement of the waterfall itself and so to get a Slower shutter speed you need to limit the amount of light coming into the camera so i had my iso at 100 the lowest it can go and then i had my aperture at f 22 and there was still too much light coming in through the lens the lowest Shutter speed that i could get was like 1 20th of a second and what i really wanted was around one or two seconds so that’s when the nd filter comes in i put it on the front of the lens and adjusted it to make it as dark as possible i Still had my aperture closed down but that allowed me to get a shutter speed that was slow enough to capture the movement of the water and as you can see here it turned out really really nice so this is the before and then the after You can also use an nd filter to dial in your shutter speed for video work so if you want a certain shutter speed to get a certain amount of motion blur in your video then this is a really handy tool as well you can also see in the before And after photos how the color doesn’t really change and that’s the beauty of using the true color filters

Circular Polarizer (CPL)

This true color cpl from nissi a must have you never know when you’re gonna need it the last filter that i use is one that i really really enjoy and that is the black mist filter i did have a different brand of black mist filter Before and i took it on my trip to italy and i had the opportunity to try the niecy black miss filter and i gotta say i actually like it a lot more it just created a more pleasing effect overall so essentially what a black mist filter Does is it takes some of the contrast and the sharpness out of the image while also blooming the highlights so it kind of creates this ethereal dreamy effect especially when you’re shooting into lights they come in all different strengths however i opted for the most Subtle ones so this is the 1 8 you can go one quarter or one half for a stronger effect but i do like the effect to be nice and subtle otherwise it can kind of look a bit crazy a bit too retro if you know what i mean like that 70s 80s vibe lights in your photos also seem to wrap around the subject a little bit more and spill more into the frame which i really like the look of in a world where all lenses are extremely sharp and really clinical to the point where it can kind of be boring this filter kind Of brings a little bit more soul back into your images

  • What are the three filters you bring to every shoot?
    I always bring a UV filter to protect my lens, a polarizing filter to reduce glare and enhance colors, and a neutral density filter to control the exposure in bright conditions.
  • Why do you bring a UV filter?
    A UV filter helps to protect the front element of my lens from dust, moisture, and scratches, while also reducing the effects of UV light in outdoor photography.
  • What is the purpose of a polarizing filter?
    A polarizing filter is used to cut through reflections and glare on water, glass, and shiny surfaces, while also enhancing the saturation and contrast of the sky and foliage.
  • When do you use a neutral density filter?
    A neutral density filter is essential for reducing the amount of light entering the lens in bright conditions, allowing me to use longer shutter speeds or wider apertures for creative effects.
  • Do you use different filters for different types of photography?
    Yes, I may use specialized filters for specific genres such as landscape, portrait, or long exposure photography, depending on the creative and technical requirements of each shoot.

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