Transforming ordinary DSLR images into extraordinary with the use of filters

• Have you ever captured a shot where your sky was overexposed, causing you to lose the detail in clouds you were hoping to grab?  

• Ever shot a gorgeous sunset only to get home and find it a bit lackluster?  

• Have you wanted to shoot a waterfall with cascading motion, but felt you couldn't because of the intensity of the sunlight beaming down on it that day?

• Have you desired to expose full sun and shaded areas in the same exposure but ended up over exposing one, or under exposing the other?  

Filtration is a very easy and immediate hands-on tool to landing dramatic and well exposed images.  We'll discuss basic gradient and full length filtration choices, while I show examples of before and after samples, so that the concepts are very easily to grasp. Then for those more experienced photographers who join us, we'll talk about the idea of mixing multiple filters to "manipulate" a situation so that you are able to "create" the look and ambiance you are looking for; these techniques are so simple the less experienced photographers will have no problem picking up these same skills and concepts during the workshop- (an example of this might be shooting motion in a brook or waterfall in bright sunlight). I'll also show a few examples of how to balance light in shots with filtration where the light is many stops difference apart from one another such as shooting the shady side of a mountain while capturing the sunrise in the same frame eliminating lengthy post production fixes in programs such as Photoshop or HDR.  Shooting with filters enables you to put a signature on the look on your photography, and often create images that will set you apart from point & shoot and smartphone captures that do not have the flexibility you have in your fingertips shooting with a DSLR!

about the speaker:

Rachel Brockey has spent the last 20+ years shooting as a professional architectural and interior design photographer and has been published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Living, and Sunset Magazine; her clientele include Los Angeles International Airport, Starwood Resorts, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Flemings, and PF Changs. Rachel is the owner and founder of Vantage Point Global, a photographic documentation firm focused on as-built visual documentation of architectural construction projects where she utilizes photography to help enhance verifiable quality control and collaboration during building process.  To quench her passion for destination travel, in 2013 Rachel began hosting travel meet-ups based around photography where shooting regularly begins just before sunrise and commences about 20 minutes after sundown.  She's looking forward to sharing some of her lessons learned and secrets behind "not missing those all important" shots in the field.

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  • Juan J. G.

    Polarizing filter. Unable to spend $300 but is there a mid way brand that will work. I see them for even less than $10 but not good at all??

    April 8

    • Francis W.

      You may want to check out the HOYA - HD (depends on the size, some of them the price has came down a lot because of the HD2), Pro 1 Digital or S-HMC series.

      April 8

    • Alan B.

      I just bought a 67mm tiffen on amazon that had a supposed list of $107 for $19. I haven't tried it yet, but it gets great reviews and i have been happy with other tiffen filters.

      April 8

  • Karen S.

    Hi Rachel, My hubby and I are so intrigued with using filters, we purchased the set you recommended. Do you have a suggestion as to where we can find a second square holder so we don't have to share?

    March 13

    • Pedro H.

      This iscthe link. The holder is at the bottom of the page

      March 13

    • Pedro H.

      There only one left in stock. Good luck

      March 13

  • Ron S.

    Rachel,
    You said you leave your circular polarizing filter on your lens all the time. Does that include when you are shooting inside and night time?
    Thank you,
    Ron

    1 · March 13

    • Rachel B.

      Eeeww....that really depends Ron. At night, there are a lot of lights that actually react beautifully with a bit of polarization. BUT, you have to remember you'll have to lengthen your exposure, right....which means the lights are going to get just as much extra light AS THOSE DARKER PLACES in your frame you are trying to fill in....which can result in them being blown out.. Tricky. So you might try opening your aperature....go to 8, 5.6 or 4.....you'll lose depth of field BUT you don't have to expose for as long. At night, we don't want long exposures in a lot of instances..... It's a lot of trial and error.... I might have to start scheduling some night meet ups so we can all practice....

      March 13

    • Rachel B.

      http://www.meetup.com...­ Make sure you sign up for my meet up.

      March 13

  • Rachel B.

    Here is the meet up I spoke about... Limited to 24 photographers so that I have one on one time with all..
    Aliso Beach Sunset this Friday- I'll have filters with me for you to play with.

    http://www.meetup.com/On-Locati...­

    Also if you'd like to buy your own...GO TO AMAZON!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/produc...­

    1 · March 8

    • Renee Luebbering P.

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Ordering my filters today and hope to sign up for one of your classes soon.

      1 · March 10

    • Rachel B.

      Can't wait to see you all in the field.

      March 12

  • Sunit

    Great class and tips! Look forward to the next one!

    March 10

  • Sandy S.

    I learned so much about neutral density filters!

    March 10

  • Pam S.

    I had to miss this awesome class, was out of town. Did she happen to mention doing another one anytime soon? Did anyone record, or somewhere to get her info? Thank you kindly for any feedback!!

    March 10

  • James C.

    Excellent!

    1 · March 9

  • Juan J. G.

    I greatly enjoyed the seminar, Rachel is very communicative and passionate about her photography. It inspires. Thank You!

    1 · March 9

  • Richard M.

    Excellent. Learned new information and techniques.

    1 · March 9

  • Francis W.

    Don, Thank you for organizing the class of today.

    1 · March 8

  • Francis W.

    Rachel, Thank you for the class of today. Even if I may forget many things that you said but from now on, l definitely will remember l can hand hold those ND/gradient filters and get more control of the photo.

    1 · March 8

  • Piyush B.

    Enjoyed the class today. Thank you Rachel for presenting and Don for organizing.

    Does anyone have suggesting for a good but inexpensive circular polarizer?

    1 · March 8

  • James C.

    Rachel and Don, thank you for the presenting and organizing the training. Had started to use Cokin filters back in the 70s (52mm) when it first came out. Without proper guidance, they became corrector's items. Have a few "Clicks" today, particularly Filters + HDR, that bring me back to the right course again. Thank you !!! Will keep an eye on Rachel's Meetup schedule and will attend a couple in the future when time allows.

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Can't wait to work with you in the field.

      March 8

  • Ruben

    Very good. Rachel is very knowledgeable. Enjoy her teachings!

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Thanks Ruben.... great to hear.

      March 8

  • Ron S.

    Absolutely excellent.

    1 · March 8

  • Kyle Marie D.

    This was an excellent session, I hope to see a follow up session on this topic in the near future. Her work is outstanding. Thank you for yet another informative & inspiring meetup :)

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      On-Location Travel Photography Meet-up

      March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Would love to join you again. Fun morning amongst peers. Loved it.

      March 8

  • Susan Brown M.

    Great presentation! I learned so much and now eager to try out "real" filters and not just filters in Photoshop. Thank you for opening up another way of creative photography which I love!

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Biggest lesson from today - Don't be afraid to dive into youtube.com lessons, and CREATE the exact image you want to capture!!!

      1 · March 8

  • Jerry Q.

    I'd forgotten about the old days when I used to use filters good talk.

    1 · March 8

  • Michael C.

    Rachel, your presentation was great, very informative. Your photographs are beautiful, I look forward to going on one of your meetups.

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Can't wait to shoot with you Michael... share our knowledge as peers.

      March 8

  • Lia L.

    We so enjoyed our time today. Very informative and inspirational! It is awesome that Rachel is SO enthusiastic about photography. Rachel you make it very contagious! Thank you ever so much for your time and sharing your knowledge.

    1 · March 8

    • Rachel B.

      Thanks so much....had a great time -can't wait to join your group again....

      March 8

  • Susan Brown M.

    Thanks Don for arranging Rachel to speak today. I enjoyed it so much plus learned a lot too. :)

    1 · March 8

  • Lia L.

    Just wondering how long the class lasts so I can make later plans. Thank you.

    March 7

    • Kyle Marie D.

      Rachel, great session today! I had to leave at 11:25 so I missed your information about your upcoming on location photo meet ups. Is this information available on your web site? I'd love to attend. Thank you, Kyle Marie Draheim

      March 8

    • Rachel B.

      On-Location Travel Photography Meet-Up or [masked]

      March 8

  • Rachel B.

    TO ALL,

    Thank you for attending my class. You can find my meet-up at: On-Location Travel Photography Meet-up...

    or [masked] or on Facebook at Photographer Rachel Brockey at:

    https://www.facebook.com/Photogr...­

    March 8

  • Rachel B.

    Can't WAIT to meet you all.....truly looking forward to it!!!

    We'll be talking about exposure. Feel free to bring your cameras if you want to "play with your dials" while I'm talking and making references.....and relating it all to filtration :)

    March 7

  • Les B.

    Unfortunately, this DSLR Class time conflicts with the OC Business Summit in the Worship Center this Saturday 3/8. Would like to be at both places at the same time, but that's not gonna happen. ;0)

    March 7

  • Arlesia D.

    Sorry unable to attend

    March 7

  • Melanie M.

    Is there a fee for attending?

    March 3

    • Don H

      Melanie, This class like all of our classes are free.

      1 · March 5

  • Pam S.

    Don...do you think anyone would be willing to record this for us this will be out of town an unable to attend? A great class that I just hate to miss, been wanting to take the next step in filter photography and this would be perfect. Thank you so much for any help with this. Pam

    February 12

    • Don H

      We will most likely not be recording this class. Sorry.

      February 12

  • James4ASU

    I've been wanting to learn how to use my ND filter on my camera but will be out of town returning on the 9th from a work travel. Can someone record this for people that cant' make the class on the 8th?
    I remember in previous classes someone was recording the entire class so I figured I'd ask if someone was doing the same for this class.

    1 · February 11

    • Don H

      It does not look like we will record this class.

      February 11

  • Jan E.

    Am so happy you'll be featuring a class on filters! Can't wait!!

    February 11

  • James4ASU

    I really want to be present for this class but I'll be out of town for work travel. Will this class be filmed and put on the internet by any chance?
    Is anyone going to be filming this that I might be able to get a copy?

    February 8

  • Sheila Phillips Van S.

    This will be my first class ever and I am over-the-top excited to attend!

    1 · February 2

  • Gordon M.

    Looking forward to the class!

    January 15, 2014

  • Pam S.

    I am going to be out of town, so disappointed to miss this class! Will there be anymore that she will be teaching in the near future? Thank you in advance!

    January 15, 2014

    • Don H

      Sorry you cannot make it. We are hoping Rachel will be back for more classes.

      January 15, 2014

  • Gail

    I'm looking forward to learning more about the different filter types and how they affect images.

    January 14, 2014

  • David M.

    I love using filters to improve the shots.

    January 14, 2014

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