Nicholas Atkin Fine Art Photography

Polariser Dilemma - Another One Bites The Dust

Nicholas Atkin - Thursday, December 16, 2010

I am a big supporter of Lee Filters as they are an essential part of any photographers kit.

In the days of film, enthusiasts would stock up on filters and use them for adding effects to their images, but with the move to the digital era, the tendency is shoot without them and then use Photoshop to deal with the resulting problems later on.

Personally I think its better to correct the light at the photon level rather than at the pixel level in Photoshop.  Photoshop is an amazing tool that all photographers use, but supplying Photoshop with a already balanced image makes your life much easier during post production.

My kit contains the following Lee filters:

ND Filters

0.6 ND
0.9 ND
0.3 ND Grad Soft
0.6 ND Grad Soft
0.9 ND Grad Soft
0.3 ND Grad Hard
0.6 ND Grad Hard
0.9 ND Grad Hard


Linear Polariser x 2

This brings us to the title of this blog, "Another One Bites The Dust".  I have an expensive habit of breaking my polarisers.  While out shooting at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria I removed my Polariser from the filter kit, and for some reason it slipped from my hands and shattered on the floor at my feet.  This wouldn't be too tragic, but you know something is wrong when you always carry a spare one just in case you break one.  Hence that's why my kit has 2 x Linear Polariser included.

I think this must be the third one I have broken in the last year, an expensive little habit.  Mr Lee Filters, could you please create a frequent points program for these...

If you would like to know some more about Lee Filters, then I would highly recommend looking to David Noton in the UK for further advice.  He is a great supporter of Lee Filter and even has his own Chasing the Light filter kit supplied by Lee Filters.  I can also highly recommend his books and DVDs for anyone looking to improve their skills photographing landscapes.

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