Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment that 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 sure you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we need a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? Only a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you know - should you let in too much, it'll destroy the photo.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix would be to block some of that light since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton sweet, that glossy - 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 could place 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 suggestion article, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these indispensable camera gear accessories.