Shooting in studio with The Genus Eclipse ND Fader circular filter

Often when a ND filter is mentioned you probably instantly think about shooting landscapes, environmental portraits or a situation that involves controlling natural or ambient lighting. After all that is where I started using them. I wanted to add artificial light (strobes) to a natural light situation and that often involved fighting the harsh afternoon sun. The Genus Eclipse ND Circular Filter is an all-in-one variable neutral density fader filter that gives you 2 to 8 stops of natural density with a simple twist of your wrist. I adjusted the filter to darken the background, this allowed me to choose a shutter speed that could still capture the effects of the artificial strobe lighting on the subject. Below is an example of a image I captured in June at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon.

Camera settings   F-4.5, 1/160th, ISO 50 with Dynalite strobe & Genus Eclipse ND circular filter

Then during a studio session I wanted to shoot wide open while using studio lighting. Thats when I introduced the Geunus ND Filter into my studio work flow. Using the ND filter allowed me to capture my subject @ f-1.8 and forever my studio photography has been changed. 

                     This is a image of Travis Pranger The Creative Director at Feather & Oar in Tacoma Wa.

F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 50 

This is a image of model Jordan Sellers. He was looking for a image with a cinematic feel. The ND filter allowed me to control the depth of the image and accomplish what he was looking for.

F-1.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 100

This is just an example of the extra control the Genus Eclipse ND Fader filter can give you and all at the tip of your fingers and why it is vital to always look for different and creative ways to use your equipment.


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1 Response

Shad Bowyer
Shad Bowyer

June 02, 2015

I am truly amazed at how well you have laid out this information. It’s easy to comprehend and read as well as informative. It’s so well-worded that I can’t dispute the valid points you make.

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