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|
|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.