Model: Alex Dukee
Location: Annapolis Maryland

2016 has been an unbelievably busy year for us.  We don’t have any complaints because we’ve been blessed but we’ve also had very little to no downtime whatsoever.  As of today we have about 12 jobs  which range from senior portraits to weddings & modeling shoots to get through within the next 30 days.   We’ll end up leaving office to head to the ones in our homes until about the middle of next month. Due to being very busy, we have not kept up with our blog for the majority of this year.  During the winter months that will change and I am very excited to not only share the work but all of the stuff I’ve learned throughout the year.


This image was taken last week at a beach in Annapolis Maryland. This was the first time that I got a chance play with an adjustable variable neutral density filter that I picked up from Amazon over the summer.  The filter which is a ZOMEI 82mm ND Fader Neutral Density Adjustable Variable Filter was purchased on accident because I already have a 10 stop ND filter from Hoya.  My intention was to purchase a few lens and camera caps but at some point earlier in the year I must have put this item in my cart and I didn’t notice this item was still there.


The photo above was taken with the Tamron 24-70 mm at f3.2 at ISO 100.  I had an Alien Bee 1600 eight feet away from my model and the power was set to 1/32 power .   Well due to the filter, the image degradation clearly visible no matter what ND setting I used.  Thankfully this was just a $30 purchase because I would have to guess that in order to get good to great image quality from a variable ND filter, one would have to pay at least 10 times this amount if not more.  All that being said, I still like the image and I just wish I had remembered to bring the my 10 stop ND filter with me.
Howard County Maryland Portrait & Wedding Photographers

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