October 3, 2017 at 6:01AM


What ND Filter is That

Usually in my videos shot on a DSLR, sky is blown out and pure white, it is rare to have blue sky or recoverable blue sky, and greens are kinda dull, Somebody told me to use a ND Filter to get blue sky in your videos while having your actors face perfectly exposed and get those great looking pumped up greens.
i think there are lots of Filters out there.
can somebody suggest me anything what should i get.
Thanks :)


Someone else may have a better idea than I, but I would suggest a graduated ND filter if your subject is in the shadow. It'll have a gradient instead of solid ND. Just put the darker side up towards the sky and it should help. Wouldn't be perfect but it would help. Outside of that, you could always add extra soft light on your actor if he is in the shadow to make him a bit brighter, so you can change your exposure to match the sky.

October 3, 2017 at 5:47PM

Matthias Claflin

You can use sky filters, there is a whole assortment of them. Another technique which may or may not work depending on the situation and resources, is exposing for the sky and then lighting your subject separately.

October 5, 2017 at 11:37AM, Edited October 5, 11:38AM

Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer

My guess would be that you are having to stop your aperture all the way down outside? If that is the case I would start with a basic ND filter maybe 4 or 8 stops.

If it's not the case then I think Matthias and Elmoutasam have the right approach.

October 5, 2017 at 11:50PM

Kyle Acker
Cinematographer/ Video Editor

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