To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I am certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and desire a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Only a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you know - if you let in too much, it will destroy the shot.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What will happen if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it's going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a number of that light, since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at cotton candies waterfall, that sleek - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may put a five stop along with a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion post, I Will go into even more cool things you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera equipment accessories.