The Pro Essential Filter kit contains two filters chosen by award winning photographer Patrick Di Fruscia which he feels should be in every photographers kit bag.
Di Fruscia is a World Visionary Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer. He spent most of his childhood years away from the city, having been raised mostly in the Canadian countryside. From the time of his birth, his experiences in nature was to become a large influence in affecting his ultimate passion for the beauties of the natural world.
Di Fruscia’s work has won many awards, has been published and displayed thru a multitude of Medias (books, calendars, magazines, travel guides etc.) and by many prestigious companies such as, National Geographic, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. His work has also been displayed in several art galleries around the world.
Pro Essentials Filter Kit, Patrick Di Fruscia Signature Edition
This Kit from contains two filters that can be used individually or in combination to improve the results of your photography by preventing overexposure, as well as a circular polariser to prevent distracting reflections or glare. The included filters consist of an 82mm Firecrest circular polariser (100mm Kit only) , a Firecrest ND 1.2 solid neutral density filter that reduces the amount of light entering a lens by four stops, and a Firecrest ND 0.9 Soft Edge Graduated neutral density filter. Together, these neutral density filters provide a versatile solution for various lighting conditions and horizon lines.
Firecrest is a multi-coating applied to glass and is far-and-away the most technologically advanced filter manufacturing process on the market. Firecrest filters remove dyed resin from the manufacturing process. The Firecrest multi-coating is a rare earth metal coating applied to the glass through an electrolytic process. Most importantly, Firecrest technology gives our chief scientist unprecedented control over modifying specific frequencies of the light spectrum. The result is hyper-neutral ND's, with tailored reductions of ultraviolet, visible spectrum light, near-infrared and infrared.
Neutral Density (or ND) filters produce a grey neutral effect and are used to reduce light in photography, enabling control over exposure time and depth of field without affecting colour or contrast. The three ND filters in this kit were chosen because they provide a wide variety of creative options for the photographer. The 3 and 6 stop ND's provide a moderate long exposure effect. But, combined with the 10 stop ND you can create true long-exposure images up to 8 minutes. The 3-6-10 combination is extremely popular for its versatility.
Soft Edge graduated filters transition gradually in density from the top of the filter toward the centre, and although there is a horizon line, it is subtle. This allows for horizon transitions to be more easily hidden in a scene, especially with an undulating horizon line such as mountains, buildings or trees. Typically graduated filters are used to enhance the sky by balancing the luminosity of the sky to the luminosity of the terrain. The 2 and 3 stop soft edge ND filters included in this kit are our most popular and most versatile ND grad filters.
Firecrest Polariser (100mm Kit Only)
The effect that polarisers have on photography is almost magical. Bright glaring reflections on water magically disappear. Foliage becomes deep and rich. Haze evaporates from the sky leaving clouds silhouetted against dramatic blue skies. Formatt-Hitech’s polarisers are of the finest available. The circular polarisation pattern means that they work seamlessly with any digital sensor (linear polarisers from any manufacturer should be avoided when using CMOS sensors).
Firecrest Polarisers have the added benefit of a reflection reducing coating. This is especially important when using polarisers as often the polariser is employed to remove reflections that are bearing down directly on the barrel of the lens. For this reason, Formatt-Hitech offers our revolutionary Firecrest anti-reflective coating for our polarising filters. Firecrest coating protects against UV contamination, plus it reduces reflections, increases scratch resistance, and increases contrast and acuity.