The BEST Lens Filters for Nature & Travel Photos and How to Use Them (VIDEO)

Lens Filters were more commonly used back when everyone shot film, perhaps because some digital photographers are imbued with the notion that “You can always fix it in Photoshop.” And that’s a shame because putting a filter on your lens is an easy way to “get it right in the camera,” rather than resorting to post-processing enhancements.

We’ll get you up to speed with the following tutorial that’s not only a complete guide to filters for landscape photography, but also a helpful primer on how to make the best use of these important tools. Best yet, what you learn here is helpful for all sorts of outdoor photography—whether you’re shooting nature scenes, travel photos, sports images, and more.

Lisbon-based Andy Mumford is an experienced pro specializing in landscape and travel photography, and in just 20 minutes he reveals everything you need to know about purchasing and using lens filters. In the description below the video there's a list of the filters he recommends, as well as links to where you can find them.

According to Mumford, some filters are useful while others are “essential,” and he begins by describing the two styles available. These include square filters that attach to a lens-mounted holder, and the more common round filters that thread directly onto the lens. He discusses the pros and cons of each type so you can make the best choice for your needs (and budget).

Mumford’s filter kit includes neutral density (ND) filters, polarizers, various types of graduated filters, and a few others that are a bit less familiar. He explains the option of stacking multiple filters, why square filters have to be matched to the focal length of the lens and the size of a camera’s sensor, how to avoid vignetting, and much more.

So watch the video, make a shopping list, and head over to Mumford’s YouTube channel for more helpful tips, And don’t miss the we story posted last week, explaining how to use Photoshop instead of costly ND filters to create dramatic long exposure images.