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LEE Filters

Our filters offer photographers and film makers a huge spectrum of creative possibilities.

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Inspiring Professionals

Mark Bauer demonstrates LEE Effect filters


Mark Bauer demonstrates how the subtle use of LEE effects filters can enhance scenes in-camera and give very natural results.

Across a variety of locations he uses the LEE Sunrise and Sunset sets, Autumn Tint set, and Mist Grad and Mist Stripe. He explains how he has used them, what worked and what didn't.

Sunrise Sunset Autimn Tint Mist Filters

Which Filter Material?

LEE Resin Filters

Resin Filters

Our most popular filters are made from lightweight, optically superior polymeric materials which makes them tough, easy to handle and easy to clean. Each resin filter is handmade by our technicians and then passed through rigorous quality control to ensure 100% accuracy and precision.

Resin filters are generally available as Grads (half colour, half clear) or Standards (all colour).

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Glass Filters

Some filters, by their nature need to be manufactured in glass – Stoppers, Polarisers, ProGlass Neutral Density Standards and some Soft Focus and are available as 100mm glass filters to fit the standard LEE100 system.

LEE Polyester Filters

Polyester Filters

Thin flexible filters, generally used for colour correction or soft focus effects. They are only available as Standards, but are considerably cheaper than resin filters in most cases and can easily be cut to fit smaller filter systems.

The Right Stuff

We select the right filter substrate for the right results.

Learn when & why we select Resin or Glass

Jonathan Chritchley with LEE Big Stopper (Glass)

Joe Cornish with LEE ND Grad (Resin)

Soft Filters

Soft filters have a somewhat misleading name - they don't infact blur or degrade the image. Your subject stays sharp. Rather they flare bright lights, giving uniquely creative effects that would be hard to mimic in post-production.

They are available as a set of 5 filters, with varying density of effect, so you can experiment to achieve the look you're after. The filters are made from high quality Polyester, mounted in cardboard frames to fit the LEE 100mm System.

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Portrait Lighting at Home with Jake Hicks


Editorial fashion photographer Jake Hicks demonstrates a range of creative lighting effects that can be easily set-up in the home.

He starts with a key light, then he adds a fill light followed by two hair lights. Then he introduces LEE coloured gels and finally achieves some gel flare with a LEE Soft Focus camera filter.

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Warm Up Filters

A selection from our range

Colour Temperature Correction

The 81 and 85 series are technically correct colour conversion filters, changing colour temperature with no added colour cast.

81 is the palest and 85B the darkest.

A selection from our range

Coral Warm Up Filters

Coral filters were developed for the movie industry to give accurate colour temperature corrections with a bit of added red.

14 strengths are available, with 2, 3 or 4 being popular choices.

A selection from our range

Straw Warm Up Filters

Purely an effect colour, Straw offers a yellower warm-up than the others and is ideal for subjects that already have a reddish colour such as straw or fallen leaves, that can look too red when filtered with other warm-ups.

How to clean and store your filters


ClearLEE Filter Wash & Cloth


Filter and System Pouches

Angela Nicholson, Reviews Editor at Camera Jabber, takes a look at our ClearLEE range - designed especially to ensure your filters stay optically perfect and free of marks and smudges.

She also demonstrates our Filter and System Pouches and shows how she keeps everything organised and ready to go when you need it.

LEExposure 09 - Read our latest online magazine

LEExposure Issue 09 Highlights

  • Rachael Talibart explains why the moods and vagaries of the sea are important to her photography
  • What's new with the LEE100 Holder
  • Composition Masterclass with Verity Milligan
  • The Gallery - our showcase of fine photography
  • Anatomy of an autumn image
  • YourView - Your work critiqued by a professional
  • Mark Cornick explains the beauty of a deliberately blurred image

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Professional hint:

Less is More

A pale warm-up filter can work wonders for an image, boosting colours or just adding a pleasing glow that may not be present naturally. The trick is not to overdo it, and a little warmth is often all that is needed to make the difference.

Staithes Yorkshire
Mark Denton
Staithes, Yorkshire,

Coral Set

3 pale to mid-tone coral grads to add warmth

Landscape Set

3 filters designed for urban & rural landscapes

Autumn Tint Set

3 filters to accentuate golds, reds and browns

Mist Filters

These popular filters imitate the effects of mist and this can be positioned precisely by sliding the filters in the holder.

Creatively they provide a unique way to remove distracting backgrounds and to clean up the overall look and feel. They can be perfect for photographers looking for minimal compositions where "less is more".

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Mist filters are available for the LEE100 and SW150 systems.

Mist Filters with Jonathan Chritchley


Fine Art Photographer Jonathan Chritchley demonstrates how he uses the LEE Mist Stripe and LEE Mist Graduated filters to isolate his subjects and achieve the distinctive simplicity and sense of space he is known for.

He will help you see the creative possibilities of these filters as well as giving practical tips to make the most of them.

Without a filter

Without a Filter

With a Mist Grad

With a Mist Graduated Filter Jonathan Critchley

With a 0.6ND Hard Grad

Without a Filter

With a 0.6ND Hard Grad & LEE Mist Stripe after b/w conversion

With a LEE Mist Stripe Jeremy Walker

In Conversation with David Noton and Joe Cornish


We invited respected photographers David Noton and Joe Cornish to discuss all things photographic over a pint. Here they chat about light as the central subject of much of their photography.

This fascinating conversation continues over a series of videos that give a revealing insight into the technical, aesthetic and practical considerations that inform their work.

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Sky Set

3 filters to enhance the colours in the sky

Sunrise Set

3 bright, warm colours for dawn or sunrise

Black & White Filters

Range of filters for total black and white control

Custom Combination Filters

Combination filters are custom made to your exact requirements using the same hands-on process as our ND grads. Typically they feature a warm-up or colour correction filter one end and a ND grad the other end.

"To" Filters

These have separate colours top and bottom and can only be made with hard grad transitions.

"With" Filters

These have the warm-up over the entire filter, then the ND is overdyed at one end. The result gives a warming effect to both the sky and foreground with the ND balancing the exposure. Can be made in hard or soft transition according to your requirements.

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John Gravett

Ambleside, Lake District, England

A 0.6ND to 81B combination filter both warms up the cool tone of the foreground, and controls contrast with the sunlit town above. A lens hood helped with the low sun.

0.6 to 81B Grad

Quick Start Videos

Get up to speed fast with our videos that explain the LEE Filter System and how to use it

Compact design.
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Product Directory

Complete product information for filters, holders, kits, sets and accessories

Effects Filters

These filters are less commonly used, but still very popular with landscape photographers.

Soft Focus, Stripe and other effects filters all have a place in the camera bag, though they may not be the ones that you reach for first when arriving at a location.

Professional hint:

Coral Stripe

When using striped filters careful consideration of aperture is important. The smaller the aperture, the more apparent will be the transition from colour to clear.

Death Valley
Tom Mackie

Salt Pan in Death Valley National Park, USA

The Coral Stripe is particularly useful when photographing still lakes and rivers at dawn or dusk, so the colour enhancement only occurs at the horizon line instead of affecting the entire image. The Stripe filter boosts the warm glow in the sky and its reflection in the water.

Coral Stripe


Polarising filters are used primarily to reduce reflections. This can be useful when photographing skies, water, glass etc.

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LEE Stopper App

Our new app makes it easier than ever to calculate the correct exposure when using a Big, Little or Super Stopper.

Inspiring Professionals 2

A new hardback book and eBook with stunning photographs by professionals with explanations of filters and techniques used.

Solar Eclipse Filter

A solar eclipse is such a rare and captivating phenomenon it's only natural to want to capture it in a sequence of photographs.

However, when shooting a solar eclipse, even the lowest ISOs and fastest shutter speeds result in overexposed, blown-out images that fail to reflect the fascinating process.

As a result, a very strong, specialised filter is required to bring the exposure range down to manageable levels. This is where our new Solar Eclipse Filter comes in.

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Available for the LEE100 and SW150 systems.

Prior to the event, we recommend following one of the many online guides to shooting an eclipse and practising in advance in order to calculate your exposures and ensure the best possible results.

  • Designed especially for photographing solar eclipses or the surface of the sun
  • Not suitable for long-exposure landscape photography
  • Not intended as a viewing filter for solar events
  • Never look through the filter directly at the sun, as there is a risk of severe eye damage.

How to use the Solar Eclipse Filter

  1. NEVER look directly at the sun, even through the filter.
  2. Protect eyes by using live view or an electronic viewfinder to setup your composition and watch the eclipse.
  3. Turn your camera off when not active as prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the sensor even with the filter in place.
  4. Set your lens to manual focus and set it to infinity. This will prevent the lens from hunting for focus once the filter is in place.
  5. Slide the Solar Eclipse Filter into the holder.
  6. To avoid light leaks, the filter must be placed into the slot closest to the lens, with the foam seal facing the camera's backplate.
  7. Test for best exposure in clear conditions and bracket.
  8. We recommend starting with an exposure of 1/800sec at f/8 (ISO 800).
  9. Filter is designed for use during the partial phases of the eclipse, but remove during totality to avoid under-exposure.
  10. The filter has a blue cast to remove some of the sun's harmful infrared rays – correct this in postproduction.

LEE Filters Quick Start Videos

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