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4 Insider Tricks To Improve Your Natural Landscape Photography Compositions

Natural landscapes have forever attracted aesthetic photographers as sensational backdrops and captivating focal subjects alike. The idea is to prep your gear to capture the right essence of the natural landscape without compromising on the light or the colors. Playing with natural light can elevate your final compositions to the next level. The lens filter is the most effective camera element to master this technique.

Main types of landscape filters based on attachment
Screw- In – The exact product you choose in this category will depend on the size of the screw threads of your digital slr camera. These threads are usually measured in mm. Usually these are the easiest to use and are available in a wide range of options. However, the ND grads are not available usually as screw in options.

Slot – In – These types of filters can only be used after you purchase an additional attachment to aid the fix with your particular digital SLR camera. This additional attachment is called an adapter ring and it is screwed on to the camera. You have to measure the thread size on your camera to choose the correct adapter ring. However, the actual filters will be slot-based options that you choose according to the size of your adapter ring. All filters are available in the slot-based option.

Two main lens filters based on effect
Polarisers – By far the most versatile filters that can have a huge effect on your landscape compositions, the polarisers are necessary for every amateur or professional kit. These enhance the color contrast, the saturation and also remove any harsh glare due to direct sunlight or reflected light. Therefore, with this filter in place, the blues and greens are in crisp contrast and you can combine compositions with water surfaces or glass without getting the very distracting shine off the various surfaces. With this filter, always remember to prep the shot with the sun on one side instead of directly in front or back of the camera.

ND Grads (Graduated Neutral Density) – These filters remain neutral for the color but have a great impact on the lights within your composition. The ND Grads reduce the light effect on a consistently even scale throughout the composition changing in intensity from top to bottom. This filter can thus reduce the uneven light effects for scenes where you shoot with a bright sky but a comparatively darker backdrop. You capture every detail in a more balanced light effect with all highlights and shadows intact.

Choose your filter option based on the combined types above and depending on the composition, you want to set for your shot.

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