mamaof2 wrote in post #17255589
Thanks for the info..I had no idea there were so many.
Do you yourself use a filter? If so out of all the ones you listed what do you use?
Reading what you wrote I am thinking CPL is the way to go first..then add the others later.
The only one I use personally is the CPL, and I have 4 of them in 3 different sizes so I can have them mounted to two / three lenses at the same time. I often carry 2-3 bodies set up, so I can instantly switch without having to stop and change lenses in the field (not so important with landscape of course, as there is more time to play with usually).
CPLs are a "must have" for me, as they are so useful for reducing glare. Not just on water and foliage, but on windows in an urban scene, paintwork and so much more. I would certainly recommend one as part of any photographers kit (you can get one to fit your largest lens, and stepper rings to fit it to your other lenses).
I don't personally use NDs much, on the very rare occasion that I might set out with the intent to shoot long exposures in daylight I can always borrow a set from another photographer. However, that isn't really my type of photography. There are, of course, photographers who do count them as essential kit because they like to do a lot of that sort of work. As has been said, it depends what YOU are wanting to do.
GNDs are not my preferred way of working these days, I used them quite a lot back in the "olden days" when working with film but now prefer the "take multiple exposures and blend in PS" method as it is more controllable. Other photographers prefer the GND method, and it can be easier if there is nothing significant protruding above the horizon. There is no "right" way of dealing with bright skies, either method works and it is a matter of choice and what produces the results that you want in an image.
Whatever type of filters you decide to go with, you should always get a good one. Cheap ones of any of the above types can produce colour casts which can be problematic and, as with any filters, cheaper ones are more likely to cause flare, low contrast or softness issues.