Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be in your bag at all times! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can 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!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we need a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? As you understand, only a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - it'll destroy the photo, should you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What will happen if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to obstruct some 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 change the light in any manner - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that glossy, cotton sweet 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 forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may place a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick article, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera gear accessories.