Variable ND Filter

Written by at June 1, 2012

A neutral density filter is a must have for photographing fireworks. This filter allows you to have longer exposures without overexposing the highlights.  During bright part of the shows, like the finale, you have to have a neutral density filter to expose for longer than a second or two and maintain control of the highlights.

I was carrying multiple ND filters with me to fireworks shows.  A 3 stop and a 10 stop.  The 10 was too much and a rarely used it.  The 3 stop was not enough most of the time.  Instead of investing in yet another filter, I decided to sell those and get 1 variable ND filter!

From Amazon:

The Tiffen Variable ND Filter is a versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure. This filter offers from two to eight stops of light control and is easily adjusted. The thin profile ring is only 9mm thick and wider outer optic help to reduce vignetting at wide angles. A black padded nylon pouch is included to help protect your investment. This Variable ND is being sought in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small and light-weight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box. This filter is designed to fit lenses with a 77mm filter size. Variable ND Filter

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