Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I am 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'll be able to 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 which was blocking the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and want a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
What if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? Only a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it is going to destroy the photo should you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block some of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to obstruct a a predetermined 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 is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, cotton candies waterfall - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 put a five stop and also a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.