LEE SW-150, Some Tricks and Tips

I have been using the LEE SW-150 for some time now and I have learnt a few things… some the easy way, and unfortunately, some the hard way. I am going to put together a page dedicated to this filter kit and share with you my thoughts and hints on how to get the most out of the LEE SW-150 and other Graduated filter kits.

Why use a ND Graduated Filter? It’s a little trick just about every Landscape photographer uses. These filters help balance the consistency of exposure over a frame. So in circumstances where your sky is much brighter than your foreground, you can put a filter over your lens that darkens the sky without changing the colours.

For those of you that re not in the know, the LEE SW-150 is the specific ND Graduated Filter Kit for the Nikon 14-24mm lens, this particular lens is not filter friendly as it has a fixed petal lens hood and a very bulbous front element so screw on type filters are completely out of the question. However, this lens is the best in it’s class, so good in fact, that Canon shooters buy this lens and an adapter so they can use it too! The LEE SW-150 is the answer if you want to be able to use ND Grads with this lens.

Here is a short video where I show you how I use the LEE SW-150 shooting a seascape.

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Today’s iCandy – The View from Above

I took this shot as I was at 9500 feet in the air somewhere in the Australian Outback. One of my passions is Flying and this was a trip I did last year with Greg, he owns this plane and was kind enough to have me along and let me fly most of the way… it was an awesome trip and hopefully I can do the same again soon!

Piper Archer at 9500 feet

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f10 [/tab] [tab] 1/100th of a second – nice and fast for a sharp pic [/tab] [tab] Nikon 14-24mm lens [/tab] [tab] No Filter [/tab] [tab] I used lightroom to settle down the highlights and bring up the shadows. I am processing alot of my files this way, it’s a good alternative to HDR software and works well if the dynamic range is not too wide [/tab] [/tabbed]

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