Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo hint. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm sure you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and need a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? As you know, merely a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - it is going to destroy the photo if you let in too much.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it will give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to obstruct some 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's designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't 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 are now able to shoot at that glossy, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may place a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera gear accessories.