LucrOit ND 0.9 (3 stops) 100x100mm Filter
Neutral Density Filters:
ND filters will darken an entire image by some number of stops, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed if you want to. You might want to do this if you’d like to control depth of field or convey movement more easily. Neutral density filters are cool because they don’t affect the colors within the image; they just darken the overall light and deepen/enrich the tones. You can also pair them with other filters. You’ve probably seen those images taken by a body of water or river – where the water (which you KNOW is moving) looks smooth, silky or thready? Or how about those long exposure images with long cloud trails – or better yet, crowded places without people? Yeah, most of those photo were made using ND filters.
How I Use ND Filters
I’ll pull out a neutral density filter if I want to:
- Create the smooth water look (or silky, or thready)
- Create richer tones
- In combination with other ND filters – and/or GND filters. I might do the latter if I want to darken an entire scene… but still want to darken the bright sky even more.
- Just to experiment with light and tones.
This 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter is great if the scene isn’t already too bright. For instance, maybe after the sun has gone down, but it’s not dark enough out yet for my shutter to drag as much as I want it to for the smooth water effect. It’s also good to combine with my 6-stop ND filter when the 10-stop is too much, but neither the 3 or 6-stop are enough. Or in combo with whichever of my GND filters bring the sky down to a more balanced level.
I use mine mostly for landscape images… but I did use it for this image in Paris at the Louvre one blue hour evening. It simply created even lovelier tones than the images without. That surprised me – and makes me want to experiment with it in unlikely situations, just to see what happens.
Point is, filters are a wonderful creative tool: for me, the ticket was finding a holder situation that I could tolerate working with. LucrOit won that lottery hands-down for me personally… and I just love their filters like the old country!
Glass Vs. Resin
LucrOit filters are made in Germany, of that awesome German glass. You could also go with resin filters. They’re definitely cheaper. But I know me – I’ll scratch resin in a heartbeat. And once that happens your filter is useless. I just really like glass, always have. Maybe it’s the old time photographer in me, I dunno. But there was just no question between the two materials.