The Most Useful Filters for Nature Photography

The Most Useful Filters for Nature Photography

When photographing nature, there are many times when a photographic filter on the end of the lens can help improve the image, or give the image a different effect. Such is the case when I captured Maroon Creek (Colorado) with a Neutral Density filter:

Kind of like “creativity in a can.” What filters are most useful for shooting nature?

Polarizing Filter

The polarizing filter is one of the most common filters that nature photographers use. It works by removing glare and reflections from the scene.

A polarizing filter is useful for:

  • Saturating a blue sky and enhancing clouds
  • Removing reflections from glass, water, or metal
  • Saturating colors in the landscape, especially in shaded woodlands
  • Helping to cut through haze
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