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Firecrest Multicoating Filter Technology

Firecrest Multicoating Filter Technology

Formatt Hitech remains the only company who can produce genuinely bonded filters. This Firecrest multicoating technology, developed within our laboratories in the UK, protects the filter coating between two further layers of Schott B270i superwite glass. Giving unrivaled scratch protection to the rare earth coatings and protecting the image from light leaks and IR pollution which can occur through a scratched surface coating. For Firecrest Pro filters, we hand apply a special black anti-reflection coating to the edge. This coating helps to protect the filter but also control reflections and light leaks. We have taken this one stage further with Firecrest Ultra....
Learn about Landscape Photography

Learn about Landscape Photography

All serious landscape photographers use filters. Controlling and modifying the luminance of the sky is vitally important in landscape photography.   Introduction Landscape photography is probably one of the most popular applications for Formatt Hitech filters. Everyday our customers use filters to enhance their landscape photographs. The two most important types of filters for landscape photography are graduated filters and polarizers. Additionally, ND filters are important tools as well, especially when water is present in the photograph. Let’s discuss each type of filter individually then we’ll make a few suggestions for kits that will make the buying experience much easier....
Learn About Travel Photography

Learn About Travel Photography

Travel photography benefits greatly from the use of filters. Filters can dramatically enhance skies, and long exposure techniques will help you remove unwanted people from busy city areas.   Introduction Travel photography differentiates itself from landscape photography by including photography in and around cities, rather than solely being dedicated to capturing nature. This difference brings forth specific challenges. As you would expect, the most scenic destinations are often the most heavily travelled, meaning that tourists and passersby will quite often spoil your shot. To counter this, the travel photographer uses ND filters to create long exposures that will blur out...
Learn about Long Exposure and Architectural Photography

Learn about Long Exposure and Architectural Photography

Long exposure photography is a specialized type of photography that relies heavily on dark ND filters. Click to learn more about long exposure techniques and how to apply them. Introduction Architectural photography can be broken roughly into two genres, commercial and fine art. Commercial photographers seek to cast the most favorable light on a building by creating images that are flattering to the property. Fine art photographers seek to transform the architecture into fluid forms and patterns that are pleasing to the eye. Formatt-Hitech Signature Edition artist Joel Tjintjelaar is one of the leaders of a movement in photography where...
Advanced Photography Filter Tips

Advanced Photography Filter Tips

Advanced tips to get the most out of your Formatt Hitech filters. Preventing Light Leaks Light leaks are a common occurrence in long exposure photography and come from a variety of places. The long exposure times the Firecrest 13 and 16 stop filters allow have shown light leaks coming from the body of the camera while other light leaks come from light passing between stacked filters. A few common ways to prevent this from happening are: Place a hat over the top of your viewfinder Use gaffers tape to cover the viewfinder and any ports or doors on the camera...
Photography Filter Novice Tips

Photography Filter Novice Tips

A basic overview of filters and how they're used in photography. Filter Basics Filters are used to control and modify light entering your camera. Filters are either screwed directly onto the lens, or held in a holder system like the one shown here. Formatt-Hitech manufacture both holder systems and filters as a complete system. Filters are typically used to control the brightness of areas in the image (for example, a bright sky) or adjust the exposure time creating a variety of in-camera effects. This page provides a basic overview of filters for the filter novice, plus links to additional pages...