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Using the reverse graduated neutral density filter

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters by Vinny Colucci1 Comment

I’m a firm believer that if you do as much as possible in the camera when you capture an image, it will lead to the best image. Even if we love post-processing work, getting the best exposure on an image allows us to use our software as a creative tool – not a “fix-it” tool. That’s why I carry a complete selection of Singh-Ray filters for the types of shooting I do. Different filters help me in various tough lighting …

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Welcome to Singh-Ray Filters

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters by Vinny Colucci1 Comment

As a professional photographer, I came from the film days. We had to control as much of our creative vision as possible in the camera. Whether it was exposure, depth of field or motion, we did all of that through our cameras. In most cases, we used external filters to help us control the environment in which we photographed. Now, in the age of digital, we find we have tons of control once we hit the computer and software. Does …

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Capturing the image you envision

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Michael KishLeave a Comment

Photographers now have more powerful tools available to them than ever before. Exciting new sensor technologies already up to 50+ megapixels. Lenses that can resolve the finest detail. Huge advances in the digital darkroom, such as the ability to easily blend multiple images using luminosity masks. With all these advances, where do filters fit in? In my photo tours and workshops I often hear “I can do that later in Photoshop.” Photoshop is certainly a powerful tool, but it can’t …

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“Cleanse your palette” Another approach to using solid neutral density filters

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Chuck KimmerleLeave a Comment

Solid neutral density filters – I use Singh-Ray Mor-Slo and George Lepp solid ND filters – have become increasingly popular the past few years. Their ability to increase exposure times from 1-stop to 20-stops (2x to, amazingly, more than 1,000,000x) helps to emphasize motion, thus adding a soft and ephemeral feel to moving elements such as waterfalls and clouds. However, there is another use for these filters beyond emphasizing motion, and that is to hide it. To soften detail. To …

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A Resident Artist

In Black & White, Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Chuck KimmerleLeave a Comment

Editor’s note: In our humble opinion, Chuck Kimmerle is one of today’s truly outstanding black & white photography artists. Our thanks for this reflection on the residency he just completed in Joshua Tree National Park, along with some of the extraordinary images he created during that time, with a little help from his Singh-Ray Vari-ND, Galen Rowell grads and LB neutral polarizer. Taken with Singh-Ray LB neutral polarizer I was getting a bit apprehensive. It was my second day of …

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Five + Ten + Fifteen + Twenty + Vari-ND = Perfect ND Kit

In Black & White, Corporate/Commercial, Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Cole ThompsonLeave a Comment

Utah Hills, created with the Singh-Ray 15 Stop Mor-Slo Filter After years of experimentation and trying various ND filter combinations, I have assembled what I believe to be the world’s perfect ND kit. It consists of the following Singh-Ray filters: 5-stop Mor-Slo in 82mm 10-stop fixed ND filter in 82mm 15-stop fixed ND filter in 82mm 20-stop fixed ND filter in 82mm Vari-ND in 82mm Step up rings on each of my lenses so they all can use 82mm filters …

Fall in New Hampshire – An Annual Color Riot

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Tony SweetLeave a Comment

Our annual New Hampshire photography tour is one of our most visually stimulating workshops. We’ve been shooting and conducting workshops there for 15 years and really look forward to going back each year. It’s also when I keep my Singh Ray filters close at hand. Clear, chilly mornings will be wet, creating a glow on the fallen colorful leaves patterns, which is always a great subject. However, the color can be dulled by the glare deflecting light away, resulting in …

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Art Wolfe Working the Image: The Night Fisherman

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Portraits, Scenes & Scenarios by Art WolfeLeave a Comment

Editor’s note: When I read this part of Singh-Ray shooter Art Wolfe’s book The New Art of Photographing Nature, I wondered how many photographers would be willing to reveal this much of their creative process, warts and all. Thanks to Art for letting us share his insight here. Incidentally, Art used a Singh-Ray Galen Rowell graduated neutral density filter in the final image. People sometimes imagine that great photographs are composed in a flash of inspiration, arriving in the world …

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Photographing Lightning at the Grand Canyon

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Gary HartLeave a Comment

If you are thinking of photographing lighting at the Grand Canyon – or anywhere else – this post by Gary Hart is a must-read. It was the bolt atop the ridge directly in front of me that finally got my attention. For over an hour I’d been photographing the eastward progress of a dazzling thunderstorm just north of what had been a safe vantage point. Mesmerized by the frequency and intensity of its activity, I’d failed to register the storm’s …

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Visiting NYC with Singh-Ray Mor-Slo ND filters to shoot very long exposures

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Dr. Jason OdellLeave a Comment

Living in Colorado, I don’t always have opportunities to do urban photography, so when I get a chance to go back east, I always bring along my creative filters. When I was in New York City for the Photo Plus Expo, I brought my two newest filters, the Singh-Ray 5-stop and 10-stop Mor-Slo filters. The image above is a good example of how these filters let me capture very long exposures even in broad daylight. Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filters are a …