The quality of your aerial videos and images is exceptionally enhanced when you start using your aerial lens filters on drone cameras. This is a simple process and you just need to get yourself acquainted with their working principle and what kind of filters are available in the market.
With the help of aerial lens filters, you can add a new dimension to your aerial landscape photography that will leave your audience astounded.
With lens filters as an integral part of your aerial landscape photography, not only will you be able to capture some stunning shots but it will also enable you to participate in photography contests. One of such contests is the Skypixel competition which is administered by the mighty DJI.
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Landscape Photography Got Way Better with Aerial Lens Filters
Lens filters have been used ubiquitously by beginner as well as professional photography even a long time before digital photography was introduced. Many of our loyal readers who have been playing around with photo-editing digital software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Instagram would be familiar with the effects that can be achieved with the help of lens filters.
These software assist the photoeditor in achieving the sensation of different types of filters through digital means during the post-production stage of image and video editing. More often than not, they are not able to get the required result using these filters, however.
The actual lens filters are connected just in front of the lens so that they can adjust the amount of light striking the camera sensor. There is a wide variety of lens filters out there: while some filters sharpen the colors, others can mitigate reflections. There are some which hinder ultraviolet light and there are some that let you capture some sensational infrared photographs.
It does not matter how you use your aerial lens filters. You just have to be cognizant of the fact that your lens filters ultimately change the way the camera sees a certain scene. Moreover, in order to get the accurate amount of exposure, you will also have to modify your camera settings in accordance with the lens filter that you are using.
Kinds of Lens Filters
Camera filters can be categorized on the basis of how they can be connected in front of the lens or the transformation they can render to your image.
Screw On Camera Lens Filters
In accordance with the sizes of lens out there, screw-on camera lens filters are available in a wide array of sizes. A lens with 52mm mount is only compatible with a 55mm lens filter. If you own a number of lenses of varying sizes, then purchasing different filters can cost you a hell amount of money.
There is a second type of lens filters that come in the shape of a sheet of glass that slides into lens adapters. The glass sheet can be utilized into adapters of all sizes while the lens adapters are quite a cost-effective solution.
Lens filters can also be classified in accordance with their shapes. Circular filters are the most common ones available on the market while you can also get your hands on rectangular and square filters as and when required.
Camera Filter Kits
You can also get a camera filter kit from the market which typically includes the lens filter, ring adapter, a microfiber cleaning cloth and a carrying case. A complete camera filter kit contains the following items in general:
- Ultraviolet UV
- Circular Polarizer (CPL)
- Neutral Density (ND2, ND4, ND8)
- Close Up Macro
Specific Camera Filters
Lens filters are also manufactured keeping in mind a certain camera. For isntance, a number of drone gimbals are made with the GoPro Hero 4 action camera. As a matter of fact, 3D Robotics designed their SOLO drone exactly for the GoPro Hero 4 action camera.
Aerial filters for capturing landscapes
Superb aerial filters for Aerial Photography/ Filming
A number of lens filters are available on the market but only a few of them are popular among enthusiasts for landscape photography.
UV filters are one of them that tend to enhance the lens clarity and protect it from the UV rays. There are also the infrared filters, that completely change the way a camera sees a scene and add a new dimension to the image that is artistic in the true sense of the word.
When you start working with the lens filters for the first time, you should carry your notes regarding the function of each filter along with you. Practise long and hard with each filter and soon enough you will come to know how each one of them works and which one will you be needing for capturing the desired landscape shot. You need to think and plan well before you start capturing landscapes with the help of lens filters. This will help you decide which filter you need to capture a certain scenario.
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Neutral density (ND) Lens Filter
A neutral density filter tends to conserve colors while adjusting the intensity of light. Photographer use these filters in situations where they are in need of taking perfectly exposed shots in comparison to utilizing a certain blend of aperture and exposure time. The most common photographs using such filters include those of the waterfalls and rivers in bright sunlight.
Graduate Neutral Density (GND) Lens Filter
As far as working is concerned, the Graduated Neutral Density Filter or the Graduated ND Filter, is similar to the Neutral Density filter. The major difference between the two is that it allows for adjustable light transmission that renders it as a great choice for capturing a well-lit horizon against a darker landscape.
The filter tends to equalize the scenery and protects the sky from being exposed beyond the desired amount while simultaneously prevents the landscape from being underexposed.
The graduated neutral density filters are also known as ND grads.
Warming or Cooling Lens Filters
As is evident from the nomenclature, the warming or cooling lens filters tend to change the color temperature of a scene. It can be used to augment the warmth of a cloudy landscape or adjust a seemingly unnatural color cast. These filters affect the white balance of the image. Most of the DSLR cameras that are being introduced in the market come with an inbuilt feature that lets the photographers adjust the white balance of the image manually.
While dealing with uncharacteristic lighting conditions, you might still be tempted to use lens filters. If you are capturing your images in RAW format, you might not want to use these filters and rather resort to editing the color temperature later on during the post producing phase. However, while doing so, you run the risk of introducing undesired image noise in different color channels.
You will come across more information about warm and cool filters below.
Circular and Linear Polarizers
When it comes to landscape aerial photography, a polarizing lens is a must-have. It is virtually the first filter that is purchased by photographers to add brightness, clarity and contrast to their images.
These filters tend to mitigate the reflection and glare from surfaces such as lakes, rivers, sea, glass and even spines of books. It can also darken a blue sky while also decrease the reflection that comes of the leaves of a tree on a bright sunny day while capturing images in green foliage.
This is done by reducing the amount of reflected light that enters the camera sensor. This results in an enhanced saturation and brings about fine changes in the light intensity in the image.
Conventional lenses with a filter thread at the front make use of the circular polarizing filter or the circular polarizer. Such a filter is remarkably easy to use and can be used rather easily by simply attaching it to the front of the lens and then rotating it clockwise or counter-clockwise to get the desired degree of polarization.
Close-up Macro lens filters
The close-up macro lens filters might not be used all that often while capturing landscape shots. But it is always judicious to have one in your armory to capture the shot of your dreams. These kinds of filters can be purchased as an individual kit that includes four close up macro lens filters of increasing magnification such as +1, +2, +4 and +10.
These filters allow a photographer to capture the close up macro shots of small sized objects such as insects, coins, flowers and other such things. Moreover, they come in a sort of design that lets you use multiple filters in order to achieve an enhanced degree of magnification. For instance, if you use filters with +2 and +4 magnification, you can achieve a cumulative magnification of +6.
Lens filters are an impressive tool to further improve the quality of your landscape images. You can test different filters at different times of the day and night and then determine which one of them suits your needs accordingly. With the passage of time, with much practise under your belt, you will become an expert with deep insight into how lens filters work and which one suits your landscape shot for a certain point in time.
- Yellow contrast filter: Tends to enhance the contrast a wee bit and is the one to use while capturing landscape shots and foliage images.
- Red lens filter: It tends to add dark texture to blue; thereby producing a spectacular contrast between sky and clouds. It also tends to add enhanced contrast between foliage and flowers.
- Blue blending filters: These filters are designed for bright contrasting landscapes. You can add add blue color accurately as and when required better than polarizing lens filters for most realistic colors.
- Purple lens filter: It assists aerial photography optical resin to provide sharpness to images.
- Light green filter: It darkens the sky in comparison to the clouds and is used with white and black film in particular.
- Orange lens filter: It can be typically used with white and black film in aerial as well as architectural photography. It absorbs blue and blue greens and tends to make blue tones darker especially in aquatic scenes.
Hope this article helps clear your doubts/questions/understanding on Photography Landscape Filters.