• Chris Nowell

Kase Filters UK



I know a lot of landscape photographers some of those happily use filters and some don't see the need. This can be for a number of reasons perhaps they just don't fully understand the benefits of using filters. Sometimes it's just to keep the kit down and for others it's simply because they don't know how to use them correctly. There's a number of reasons really and I'm not here to moan at you and encourage you to always use filters how are you go about your landscape photography is your style and that's totally up to you. For me however I want to create as much as I can in camera there for not having to do as much photo editing or retouching the photo up later on.

Although I do quite enjoy the process of editing a photo it sometimes takes me a day or 2 to find time or effort to kick things off.


My glass of choice is that of Kase Filters, the company has been going strong now for a few years and I am good friends the team. For me this glass one of the best on the market and as the name suggests capture with confidence it gives me the ability to step back adjust the filter system in the right position and capture as much as I can in camera. I am not going to bore you too much with any science behind the kit however just to mention how much I love these filters for my landscape photography.



Why?

Why would I recommend using filters. Like I previously mentioned using filters give me the ability to capture as close to a picture that I first envisioned in my mind. The reason why I positioned my tripod at the location is because I saw something in the landscape that I believed would be a good photograph. However the camera itself isn't always the easiest tool to re-create the image in my mind. The filter system and tripod which I would always highly recommend finishes the job perfectly to get me back to the image I first imagined. Although I can be happy with my positioning with the tripod and the camera sometimes I still have problems controlling the exposure. This is where filters can be used brilliantly to show me on the back of a screen in camera the image I saw in my mind.

Below is a example of a photo I wanted to capture last week. I could see the leading lines of the posts and the fall out of the fog in the distance. However controlling the exposure was quite difficult and you can see the overexposed area in the highlighted black top left hand corner of the photograph and this is quite hard to refix later on in editing. I'm not saying it's always not doable for the example however it would be very difficult.



Exposed area
Over exposed area

This is not an award-winning photo or anything just a good example to show you the benefits of using filters if you choose to go down that road. I simply attached a 3 stop soft graduated filter to control the highlighted area.



Kase Filter

The overexposed area was instantly fixed giving me the original desired photograph I wanted. And you can see a good example of the two images afterwards one on the left without filters and two on the right with filters. By the time I were taking these photos it was almost 10 o'clock in the morning, on a normal day this would be too light for most types of landscape photography of course the light was defused a little bit by the fog but it was still very light for any landscape photography this is another good reason as to why I would always recommend using filters.



Improved



It is clearly obvious which of these photographs is the better example. The positioning has not been changed in any way although you can see someone walking in the distance on the photograph on the left which is overexposed apart from that there is no difference this was just a friendly dog walker in the morning. On the left the exposure is just well overexposed it's too bright and almost impossible to deal with later on in editing. Again on the right straight from camera you can see that the colour is a lot more increased you can see the fall out of the fog in the distance and you can see the trees much more clear. Overall it's a good example of what I'm trying to explain.



The improved photo with the filter

Which Filter is for me?

At the moment I am still quite traditional using the square glass Kase filters both at 100 mm or 150 mm however over the years filter systems have improved or just changed with different cameras so here are a few examples of what you can use today.




The K75 Pro1.1 75mm holder kit, complete with slimline Magnetic polarising filter. The holder holds up to 3 x K75mm Pro1.1 filters plus the polarising filter. Included is a filter bag that holds up to 7 filters and adapter rings to fit 67mm, 62mm, Lens Filter Sizes. The holder is unique to the Kase K75 system and designed for the Pro1.1mm Wolverine Filters*, perfect for today’s compact mirrorless cameras.



Perhaps this is where I see my photography going soon with the circular magnetic filters as opposed to the square glass of before. Both as good as each other but it depends on your camera systems for example and if like me and you've had a change then maybe it has changed mind.

The Kase Wolverine Magnetic Circular Filters 95mm Professional Kit consists of a ND8, ND64, ND1000, Polariser, Magnetic Adaptor, and Carry Pouch plus FREE magnetic Lens Cap.

Made from the same tough, colour neutral pro glass as our square filters, so you can be assured of your image quality and still have peace of mind… #capturewithconfidence


There is much more to see and learn with Kase Filters UK. You can visit the website at Kase Filters UK as well as their own YouTube channel and across all social media. You can go directly to the website by clicking on the photo below.


Chris Nowell Photography




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