To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera gear which should be at all times in your bag! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm certain you've 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, do you realize that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and need a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Only a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it'll destroy the photo, if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we are 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 is fine, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix is to block some of that light, since our difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candies, that sleek - on a brilliant 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 may place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter 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 suggestion article, I Will go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.