Recently we upgraded our camera setup from using the Nikon d850 with a focus on photography to the BMPCC6K with a focus on filmmaking. When we started using our new BMPCC6K, we started to realize that yes, the dynamic range is way better than DSLRs; however, it also brought forth a new problem – overexposing video.
Backlighting your subject will make for the most cinematic shot, but it can be tough. Balancing that fine line of perfectly exposed with light flares and overexposing so everything is white – it’s very tough, especially when you’re first learning. One thing that’s helped us out a lot with compensating for exposure is the Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 Lens Filter. To show the effects of the lens filter and how it can help you expose your images perfectly, we went ahead and made a quick test video showcasing the features and benefits of the Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 lens filter.
Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 Lens Filter
When you’re first starting out, you might not realize or understand the importance of all the little pieces. It seems easy to skip getting a lens filter because it is. But I promise the second you get your hands on a lens filter, your mind will start jumping with ideas. Seeing what your footage looks like with a filter on helps you to see what you could be creating and because of that, it’s a necessity in our camera bag.
Check out some of the samples below using the Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 Lens Filter. Also, be sure to invest in a set of step up / step down adapter rings – this way you don’t have to buy duplicates of the same lens filter for different lens sizes. :)
We hope these example stills + video have helped you see why you should invest in a lens filter. The tones of the color are way more cinematic and the lens flares that this filter creates are truly incredible.
In certain scenarios (shaded or front lit subjects) the filter is not as noticeable which is actually quite nice in our opinion because the filter doesn’t do ‘too much’. Sometimes if a filter provides an overly altered look it can actually make final product less professional.
This Black Pro Mist 1/4 Filter from Tiffen is perfect and definitely worth getting your hands on if you haven’t yet.