Do you know how professional photographers and filmmakers create images and scenes that look so good? And have you ever wondered why your camera work comes out looking less than superb? Often, it’s not about the camera, and not even about the person operating the camera (you or the professional) but in fact is all about the lighting.
Great photography and film work requires great lighting, and in many cases that means more than just using a flash or setting up some lights in a space, it means adjusting the way the sunlight impacts the scene you’re trying to photograph, film, or video. If you need to take indoor photos or video in a room that has any exposed windows, then you will often need to install neutral density filters on windows prior to your shoot session. And the best way to do that is to call Window Tint Z and have us complete a custom ND (neutral density) filter installation using LEE filters, the leading brand name in the film and photo window filter design.
Window Tint Z recently completed this custom LEE ND filter installation for a film shoot and helped the crew capture some great content despite bright sunshine glaring just outside the windows. The best part about our installing ND filters for film shoots is the fact that the Window Tint Z team also manages the removal and cleanup after the photography has wrapped, making the process quick and easy for the media crew.
Neutral Density Filter for Windows
Why do people use neutral density film for photography? Simply put, because too much light is a bad thing. A camera, whether using traditional film or a digital sensor, can only handle so much light while still maintaining image clarity, focus, and true color values. Neutral density filters block out light evenly across the visible light spectrum, reducing brightness but without changing the quality of the light. Thus colors maintain their true appearance and shapes are as evenly lit as with the natural light unchecked. Using LEE neutral density window film, Window Tint Z can create interior spaces that have the exact look you (or your director of photography) want no matter what the exterior lighting conditions may be.
Neutral Density Filter Review
A quick review of what neutral density filters do usually brings people to the term “f-stop,” which often brings up some confusion. Also called the f-ratio or the focal ratio, the f-stop scale essentially refers to the amount of light that gets into a camera. This is controlled both by the focal length of the lens and the amount the aperture of the camera is open (the camera aperture is like the eye’s pupil). Low f-stops (a 1.4 or 2, for example) are used in darker conditions when more light needs to get into the camera; higher f-stops (f/22, for example) are used when it’s quite bright out and the camera requires reduced light. Often a camera simply can’t be set to an f-stop that works for the conditions, and that’s when a neutral density window film can help.
How to apply LEE ND Filter to Windows
The best way to apply LEE neutral density filters to windows for your upcoming film or photo project is to have the team from Window Tint Z take care of the entire ND filter installation process, including custom window filter film cutting, application, and removal. We will also work with your crew to select just the right ND filter for the project, ensuring that the interior is perfectly lighted for the conditions.
Neutral Density Film Installation
Installing ND filters on windows for film and photo shoots can be a quick process thanks to our long years of experience in the window film industry, but one of the most important aspects of applying ND window tint isn’t the actual application, but rather is choosing the right fit for the project. We stock LEE ND filter film that can cut out as little as a single f-stop worth of brightness all the way to window filter film that cuts out three f-stops worth of light.