Often when a ND filter is mentioned you probably instantly think about shooting landscapes, environmental portraits or a situation that involves controlling natural or ambient lighting. After all that is where I started using them. For the image below I wanted to add artificial light (strobes) to a natural light situation and that involved fighting the harsh afternoon sun. Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter is an all-in-one variable neutral density fader filter that gives you 2 to 8 stops of natural density with a simple twist of your wrist. I adjusted the filter to darken the background to reach my desired exposure and this allowed me to choose a shutter speed (typically 1/250 or slower) that could still capture the effects of the artificial strobe lighting on the subject. Below is an example of a image I captured in June at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon and as you can see there were very little cloud cover which is typically not a ideal exposure situation.
|Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, 70-200 L, F-4.5, 1/160th, ISO 50 with Dynalite strobe &
Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter
Images below are from a studio session in which I wanted to shoot wide open while using studio lighting. Thats when I introduced the Geunus ND Filter into my studio work flow. Using the ND filter allowed me to capture my subject @ f-1.8 and forever my studio photography has been changed. My typical settings for my 3 light studio set-up with out the ND filter would be f-3.5, 1/125 and ISO 50. The ND filter allowed my to open up to f-1.8 which gave me the shallow depth of field that I desired.
This is a image of Travis Pranger The Creative Director/Co Founder at Feather & Oar in Tacoma Wa.
|Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, Lens 85 1.8, F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 50|
|Camera settings Canon 5 mark 111, Lens 85 1.8, F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 100|