Kase Gradual Fog Filter and Armour Holder

Kase Gradual Fog Filter and Armour Holder


Kase Gradual Fog Filter and Armour Holder

Kase Filters Gradual Mist

The Kase Gradual Fog Filter simulates foggy and misty photography conditions by applying a gradient to a mist filter. Under natural situations, the scene should appear foggier with the most distant the elements in the scene and less foggy up closer. By placing the the foggy area of the gradient over the background and the clear area over the foreground, the results are more natural than a mist filter that applies the effect globally.

Filter Features

  • Fog/Mist Filter with Gradient
  • Wolverine Series. KW Toughened Optical Glass. Nearly Unbreakable.
  • IR-CUT Infrared cut-off coating. Scratch resistant
  • Super Waterproof. Easy Clean
  • Upper Section simulates the effects of natural fog or mist by creating a soft diffusion around highlights and lowering the overall contrast. Creates a dream like effect . Bottom Section is clear for Sharp Foregrounds. Adjust the filter to get the natural horizon.
  • Fits Lee, Haida & Hitech, Cokin Z , Nisi 100mm holders.
  • Includes Leather Case with Magnetic Closure.

Without Kase Gradual Fog Filter

With Kase Gradual Fog Filter

Fog or mist can infuse a photograph with a sense of emotion and mystery by shrouding the environment in an ethereal veil, diffusing light and creating atmospheric depth. It evokes feelings of solitude, contemplation, or suspense. The obscured visibility prompts the viewer’s curiosity, inviting them to imagine what lies unseen, thereby turning an ordinary scene into a compelling narrative imbued with intrigue and a sense of the unknown.

Kase Filters Gradual Mist

When the filter is fitted with a magnetic frame for the Armour Magnetic Holder Kit, it’s the perfect combination of creative application and a fast, efficient set up. And as always, you can count on the optical quality of all Kase Filters.

Purchase here: Kase Gradual Fog Filter

Kase Revolution Magnetic Filters

Kase Revolution Magnetic Filters


Kase Revolution Magnetic Filters

Kase Revolution

I’ve used Kase Filters for my photography exclusively over the past 3 or 4 years after trying nearly every brand on the market. That’s because the quality of Kase glass is unsurpassed and the filters impart zero color cast to my images, unlike many of their competitors.  Recently, they released the Kase Revolution magnetic filter set with color-coded rings, tempered, shockproof optical glass, and ingenious magnetic adapters.

The Kase Revolution Magnetic Circular Filters Professional Kit is available in 77mm, 82mm, 95mm, and 112mm sizes plus any step-up rings that might be  needed. The full set consists of 4 color-coded filters: 3-stop, 6-stop, and 10-stop neutral density filters (perfect for long exposure photography), a polarizing filter, magnetic adaptor, inlaid adapter ring, magnetic lens cap, and handsome carry pouch. Kase Revolution filters are made from the same tough, color neutral pro glass as the square filters, so all photographers can be assured of the best image quality possible and still have peace of mind.

I still use the Kase square filters and holder for 90 percent of my photography – especially when doing landscapes – but I personally tried the new Kase Revolution system and really enjoyed using them for wildlife photography with my Canon RF 100-500mm lens. The quality of construction and materials that make up these filters is unmatched and their performance was off-the-charts good. If you’re looking for a new filter set – or your first – I would highly recommend these

Get yours on Amazon: Kase Wolverine Revolution 77mm Pro ND Filter Kit Magnetic Shockproof Tempered Optical Glass w Color Coded Rings

Long Exposure Photography: Neutral Density Filters

Long Exposure Photography: Neutral Density Filters

General How-To

Long Exposure Photography: Neutral Density Filters

One problem encountered when experimenting with long exposure photography is having too much light. You can’t get the aesthetic effect of those long shutter speeds without over-exposing the image. If it’s relatively dark – like dawn or dusk – that’s not much of a problem. But what if you want to express the illusion of time when it’s bright and sunny? Neutral density filters are the answer.

Neutral density (ND) filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera, allowing for longer exposure times than would be possible without them. The key is that they reduce light uniformly, so contrast and dynamic range are not affected – unlike a graduated neutral density (GND) filter. The primary purpose of ND filters is blocking light from reaching the image sensor.

ND filters are nothing more than darkened glass placed in front of the lens to absorb a percentage of the incoming light. They are available in different “strengths” usually designated by either the number of stops it slows down the exposure or in terms of optical density strength (see the ND filter strength conversion table below). A 3-stop or 0.9 density ND is ideal for waterfalls in bright sunlight, slowing the exposure to a second or so, depending on the f-stop and ISO used. A strong 10-stop or 3.0 ND filter can blur clouds over several minutes, even on a bright sunny day.

Neutral Density Filters Strength

Neutral Density Filters

The image below, Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina, would not have been possible without the help of a neutral density filter. Here is the exposure data from this image: 4.0 seconds, f/22, ISO 100, 6-stop ND filter. The correct exposure data without the ND filter would have been the same except for the shutter speed, which would have been 1/15 of a second (6 stops faster). As you can see, I am already at the smallest f-stop (f/22) and the lowest ISO (100) possible for my camera and lens.

There’s nothing else I can do in camera to slow things down to achieve the desired effect. Without the ND filter, the correct exposure would have been 1/8 second so a 4-second exposure would have badly overexposed the image. There is simply no way to create the smooth, silky water I desired under those bright, sunny skies without the ND filter absorbing some of the light that was reaching my camera’s sensor. Unless, of course, I wished to wait for less intense light once the sun went down or a cloud passed overhead. But then there’s that pretty little rainbow I would have missed.

So you see, neutral density filters may not exactly be essential, but they will certainly help achieve longer exposures and help you get shots that you wouldn’t have taken otherwise.

Circular or Square Neutral Density Filters?

When it comes to neutral density filters, you have two choices: circular screw-in filters or square/rectangle slide filters. Each have their advantages and disadvantages.

Circular ND filters screw into the front element of your lens. Since you probably have several different lenses, each with a different size front element, you should also own a set of step-up rings for each lens rather than buying a separate filter for each size. Get one ND filter for the lens with the largest front element diameter (77mm for example) and step-up rings for the smaller sizes (52mm or 67mm, just to name a few).

The circular screw-in filters are convenient to carry around and store in your camera bag. They are also more durable and difficult to break. But stacking filters for more ND strength or adding a polarizer can darken or vignette the image corners. Singh-Ray makes a circular screw-in Vari-ND that allows you to adjust the strength of the filter’s density (1 to 8 stops as mentioned earlier) as well as a model with a built-in polarizing filter. But I have found these filters difficult to use and the filters are so thick that they vignette when used with wide-angle lenses.

Neutral Density Filters

Kase 100mm filter holder with Kase 100mm 3-stop ND filter.

Square or Rectangle filters (above) are glass or resin slides that fit onto the front of your lens with an adapter ring and filter holder. These filter systems come in different sizes. They usually do not vignette with wide-angle lenses, even when with filters stacked together. They are much more cumbersome to carry around and store in your camera bag, however, when compared to the circular variety. You should always weigh the options of both and decide which is best for you.

What Do I Use?

Over the course of my professional photography career, I have tried just about every type of neutral density filter on the market and I’ve settled on the filters made by Kase Filters (All links below to Amazon).

Kase Wolverine Shockproof 100mm ND8 3-Stop Neutral Density Filter
Kase Wolverine Shockproof 100mm ND64 6-Stop Neutral Density Filter
Kase Wolverine Shockproof 100mm  ND1000 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter
Kase Wolverine Shockproof 100mm ND64000 16-Stop Neutral Density Filter

6 Insightful Photography Tips for Beginners

6 Insightful Photography Tips for Beginners

General How-To

6 Insightful Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography Tips For Beginners

When I was first starting out in photography – I mean the very beginning when I wasn’t even sure which end of the camera to look through – it was difficult to find information about learning photography. It was difficult to get good information, I should say. And now, while there are photographers all over the Internet willing to teach you how to take photos in different places and media, there is very little in the way of just good, solid advice for those who know next to nothing. So after some thoughtful consideration, here are my top 6 photography tips for beginners. 

#1 No Camera, No Problem

If you’re just starting out in photography, it’s obviously useful to own a working camera with which to practice, especially one with manual control over exposure. But given the cost of even an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera these days, you can still get started with even the most basic of tools – your phone, for instance – while you save up for sometime with more control and options.

You can effectively use your phone to help in learning composition and image frames (what to include and exclude from the photo) to get a head start with one skill that even many advanced photographers struggle with. Ideally you would have a real camera with more control over the final image but in reality, a smartphone camera is better than no camera at all.

#2 Invest in Good Glass

When you do get to the point where you’re ready to invest some money in photo equipment, please take the following advice. Invest in good glass (hipster photography lingo for “lenses”) and less in the camera itself. You should almost treat digital cameras as disposable. Just as a car has a limited number of miles in it before it gives up the ghost, so does a camera with regard to the number shutter actuations before it dies. Also, the sensor technology in your brand-new digital camera will be obsolete in a couple of years. Lenses, however, can last a lifetime, as long as they are maintained properly and your camera manufacturer doesn’t change the lens mount. Bottom line, if your funds are limited, the better investment is in lenses, not cameras.

#3 Your Photos Will Suck

The French documentary and street photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson mused that your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. This is true of photography and most other things you try to learn as well. Your first 10,000 steps as a toddler were probably your most wobbly and unsteady too. Yes, your photos will suck at first and that’s ok. In fact, they might not be very good for many years. The important thing to remember is that you’re striving for improvement, not perfection. Improvement, not perfection. One day you’ll look back on the photos you took during your first year and find them absolutely revolting. And that will be the best feeling because you will know you made improvements along the way.

#4 Follow Your Passion

Ask yourself this question. What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning or the last thing that crosses your mind as you drift off asleep at night? I guess you can say this is a rhetorical question since what I really want is for you to realize is what makes you tick. What are your passions? If they are flowers, then photograph flowers. Wildlife? Photograph wildlife. Cars, beaches, people, pets? Find out what your passions are and train your lens on those things. I would advise against investing too much time on subjects that you are ambivalent about. What a waste! Share your passions! I talk more about this in my recent Twitter AMA.

#5 Experiment and Have Fun

Learn and absorb all you can about photography from books, classes, blogs, online tutorials, and social media. Learn, learn, and learn some more. But in addition to all that learning, make sure you make time to have fun too. Play with your camera. Choose the wrong lens purposefully just to see what you can make of the photo opportunity. Play with different settings and filters so you develop an intuitive understanding of how your camera works and what photography is all about. Your formal learning will be even more powerful when coupled with and intuitive feel for photography.

#6 Take Care Of Your Health

Take good care of your health. Eat well, sleep well, and take care of your body by exercising it regularly. Meditate if you are into that sort of thing. I sure am. If you’re not healthy, it will be difficult to be productive or to have any fun. If you’re not mobile, you will miss shots and opportunities which is frustrating. If you’re tired and exhausted all the time, it’s nearly impossible to be creative. Take that one to the bank.

Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover

Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover


Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover

The Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover provides the ultimate in rain protection for your telephoto lenses.

Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover

Protect your expensive super telephoto lenses from foul weather with an Emergency Rain Cover in Large. This seam-sealed rain cover protects your camera and lens even in a heavy downpour, dust or snowstorm. A zippered bottom opens up for a tripod or monopod attachment, or for better access to the focus ring. Photographers can cinch up the cover for a tight fit, loosen like a tarp, or roll it up on the lens hood so it’s at the ready in any kind of weather. The Emergency Rain cover fits neatly in your kit and can deploy quickly when outdoor conditions change.


Key Features

• Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions

• Compresses into a compact carrying pouch (included)

• Oversized window to view your LCD and controls

What It Fits

• Gripped or ungripped camera bodies

• 150–600mm f/5.6–6.3

• 200–500mm f/5.6

• 200–400mm f/4

• 400mm f/2.8

• 500mm f/4,/p>• 600mm f/4

Get your Think Tank Photo Large Emergency Rain Cover at Think Tank Photo.

You can also check out the Small and Medium Think Tank Emergency Rain Covers on Amazon.

Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.