To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo tip. 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'm 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 looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize 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 want a slow one and are in need of a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you know - it's going to ruin the shot should you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What if we are at the smallest 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 is going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our difficulty is the fact 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 block a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton candy - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can 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 just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are crucial.