Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment which should be at all times in your bag! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm sure 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 resembles a huge 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 blocking the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We realize that to get the image that is sharp, we are in need of a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to set 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 want a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? As you know, merely a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure - it will ruin the picture if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candy, that glossy - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are crucial.