Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. This is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we desire a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you know - it'll destroy the photo, if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton sweet, that sleek - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 set a five stop and also a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are vital.