To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. 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.
It's possible for you to 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, were you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, 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're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? As you understand, merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - it's going to destroy the picture if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? suppose that 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 is nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to block a number of that light since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton sweet waterfall, that silky - on a brilliant 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 could put a five stop and also a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip article, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.