Your Camera Gear 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 another piece of camera equipment that should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure you have 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'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls actually ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we want a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright day? As you know, only a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure - it'll ruin the shot, should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What 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 certainly nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix is to block a few 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 a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot cotton candies waterfall, that sleek - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You could put a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just 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 crucial camera equipment accessories.