Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. This is just another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! 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 every 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, are you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and are in need of a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - if you let in too much, it will ruin the shot.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it will give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be 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 is all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that silky, waterfall that is cotton candy - 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 place a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these vital camera gear accessories.